Companions for life

Owning pets can boost your health

All relationships are important—not just the ones you share with other humans. We’re talking about pets. Matter of fact, walking your dog and snuggling with your cat can positively impact your health in the following ways:

Improved heart health: Studies show that heart attack survivors and people with abnormal heartbeats live longer if they own pets.

Stress reduction: Petting your dog or cat relaxes (both of you!) by lowering blood pressure and stress hormones.

Healthier babies: Children raised around pets may be less likely to develop allergies and asthma, but they have to be exposed before they are 6 months old.

Better mood: People with pets are happier, more trusting, less lonely and visit the doctor for minor problems less often.