Pets for your health

A few reasons why pets are more than just furry pals

Having meaningful relationships with animals can positively impact human health. Here are potential benefits of walking your dog and snuggling with your cat:

• 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 inclined to develop allergies and asthma, but they have to be exposed before 6 months old.

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