Here are some other benefits to owning a pet, courtesy of the Bottom Line Personal newsletter:
First: They can help heart-attack patients. A study at New York's Brooklyn College found that dog owners were 8 times more likely to survive for at least one year after a heart attack than those who were dog-less. And it wasn't because they were walking their pooch and exercising more. The survival rates were strictly based on OWNING the pet nothing more.
Next: They keep blood-pressure in check. Studies have found that people with pets experience 50% less of an increase in blood pressure when they get angry.
Another benefit of owning a pet: They help arthritis sufferers. At the Arthritis Rehabilitation Center at the University of Missouri, pets are recommended to help patients increase their daily movement. By caring for and playing with the animals, they keep their joints more flexible.
And finally: Pets help people with Alzheimer's. Studies show that when animals are present, Alzheimer's patients are more positive and alert. In one study, patients at one facility ate more and gained weight after aquariums were installed. And patients at another facility had fewer behavioral problems after a dog was adopted.
If you'd like to learn more, check out the book The Healing Power of Pets, by Mary Becker. I'll put a link at Tesh .com.