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Benefits of Pet Ownership

Did you know that living with a pet is good for you?

Consider these facts:

  • Pet owners have lower blood pressure and lower cholesteral levels and in general, this puts them at a reduced risk for heart disease.
  • Pet owners report fewer headaches, fewer bouts of indigestion and less difficulty sleeping.
  • Dog owners in particular, exercise more though you can certainly get exercise playing with an energetic cat or kitten.
  • Pets help safeguard against depression or loneliness.
  • Pets actually help improve social skills.
  • For children, owing a pet improves their self esteem - someone who loves them unconditionally and wants their undivided attention.
  • Pets reduce the number of visits to a doctor by elderly patients
  • Pets help to ease loss.  An older person whose spouse has died is less likely to experience deterioration in health if he or she is attached to a pet.
  • Your pet may just get you into heaven.

Many people may think that their situation would not allow them to have a pet.  There are many reasons - busy, reduced income, living in a smaller home or rental unit, physical disability or health problems, fear of injury (being knocked over or tripping over a pet), difficulty in transporting a pet to the vet’s, or concern about adequate care.

Depending on your situation, these reasons do not need to be a deterent to ownership and enjoying the company of a loving animal.  Investigate some of these solutions:

  • Trainers, groomers and veterinarians who make house calls
  • Kennels that pick up and return pets
  • Pet sitters and pet walkers
  • Catalog and on-line companies that deliver pet food and supplies to the home
  • Shelters have adult animals that are calmer and already trained to live in a home.  These animals are ideally suited for older people or people for what ever reason,  that are not able to live with a young, energetic animal.

If you’d like more information about the benefits of pet ownership, here are some sources to get you started.  If you need more, just use the Search button on your browser and search for Pet Ownership Benefits.

Pet ownership and risk factors for cardiovascular disease


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Last Updated:  Sunday, August 21, 2011