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6 Health Benefits Associated with Having Pets

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Whether you’ve grown up with pets or recently adopted one, you may already know how beneficial sharing your home with a furry friend can be. From enhancing social skills and staying active to decreasing the risk of depression and teaching responsibility, sharing your home with a furry companion offers numerous health benefits.

Here are six health benefits associated with having a pet…

 

1. Pets, Especially Dogs, Keep You Active

You may be tempted to come home after a long day at work and sit down on the couch, but if you come home to an excited pooch, chances are you’ll take him or her for a walk instead. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted studies that prove pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure and cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can minimize the risk of having a heart attack.

Exercising your dog doesn’t have to be limited to walking. Agility training, jogging, biking, rollerblading, hiking, and even doga (Yoga with dogs) are all great activities that will keep both you and your dog active and healthy.

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