Is your pet helping you live longer?
Updated: Mar 28
Could owning a pet actually help you live a longer and healthier life? The answer is yes! Studies have shown that those who own a pet, typically a cat and/or dog, tend to lead healthier lives and live longer than those who do not.
Those who own pets tend to have lower stress levels which can cut down on the risk of such things as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Studies have shown that just being around and petting a cat or dog can lower your stress hormone levels. So next time you are feeling stressed out, pet your furry friend. It can literally help you feel better!
People who own dogs are typically more active than their nondog owning counterparts. Increased physical activity can benefit your body and mind in so many ways. Even a brisk evening walk with your canine family member can get your heart rate up enough to have physical and psychological benefits. Speaking of, those who own a pet tend to suffer less with depression and have shorter, less severe depressive episodes. Pets can help us feel connected to life and help give our life more purpose.
Owning a pet is an amazing responsibility and they can give us just as much as we give them. Take a look at our adoptable pets today. By adding them to your life, you just might be making it healthier.