How pets help us

Studies on the human-animal bond show that the relationship benefits human health. Medical patients have decreased healing time, increased success rate of healing and have fuller recoveries if there are animals involved, whether their own pets or other animals are brought in to see them. Pets also help:

Lower blood pressure

A recent study found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did those who did not own a pet. (Karen Allen, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo)

Reduce stress

Walking a pet soothes nerves and offers instant relaxation. Studies have shown that the impact of a stressful situation is less on pet owners than on those who do not own a pet. (Josephine M. Wills, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, United Kingdom)

Prevent heart disease

Because pets provide people with faithful companionship, research shows they may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, a measure of protection from heart disease. (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)

Fight depression

Pets help fight depression and loneliness, promoting an interest in life. When seniors face adversity or trauma, affection from pets takes on great meaning. Their bonding behavior can foster a sense of security. (Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship)

Lower health care costs

People with pets make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions. (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)

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