Health Benefits of having a Pet!

There are so many incredible benefits the come with having pets in our lives!

Whether you own a pet, foster, volunteer, or even help a friend with their furry friend, animals have an incredibly powerful and positive impact on us! So here are just a few of the health benefits of having a pet:

1. Health

Spending time with a pet has tremendous health benefits! You don’t have to be a pet owner to enjoy these rewards. You can just as easily experience them volunteering at an animal shelter, taking care of a friend’s pet when they go out of town, or offer to exercise with your neighbors dog.

2. Stress Relief

Research has shown that simply petting a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol, while the social interaction between people and their dogs actually increase levels of oxytocin. 84% percent of PTSD patients paired with a service dog reported a significant reduction in symptoms.

Health benefits of having a pet

3. Lower BP

The cortisol-lowering and oxytocin-boosting benefits of petting help keep your blood pressure at bay. Pets help us to connect with other living beings who ask for very little or nothing in return, creating an experience that lowers blood pressure by being calming and meditative.

Health benefits of having a pet

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