Pet Ownership and Your Health

Pet Ownership Can Improve Your Health

By now, most people have heard about how pet ownership is linked to health benefits – how they can lower some peoples blood pressure and lead to an over all longer and healthier life. In addition to blood pressure though, there are a lot more ways that pet ownership positively effects your well-being, no matter your age! Children who suffer from hypertension benefit from interacting with animals just as much as adults with blood pressure problems do, and pets have been proven to have a ‘mood boosting’ effect on people who suffer from depression. Children also can benefit from animal exposure during their youth by developing less allergies than children without pets. Cat ownership specifically has been shown to lower the mortality rate by heart attack with people who had never owned one reporting 40% higher fatalities, while those who owned a dog and suffered a heart attack were proven to recover quicker! Additionally, responsible pet ownership often means to a more active and social lifestyle, fighting obesity and the negative health effects that come with a sedentary lifestyle.

Pets Can Help with Your Medical Treatments

In addition to many preventative measures that pet ownership offers, animals are being used more frequently in medical treatments all the time! Pet ownership for helping children overcome ADHD, as well as being used as ‘alarms’ for people suffering from diabetes, or similar medical conditions – since it’s been shown that dogs have the ability to detect blood sugar levels and other health emergencies in their owners! Animals area also often used in treating children suffering from autism, since the sensory experiences can help them grow, in a calm and safe environment while also building self esteem.

Whether you or someone in your family suffers from a medical condition or not, in the eyes of the medical world, there’s no doubt that pet ownership can benefit everyone in the household! Check out WebMD for more information, and enjoy the infographic below!

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