We've got four great reasons why owning a pet helps you lead a healthier lifestyle:
Pet’s help decrease your risk of heart disease. In one study, people had lower heart rates when they took stressful tests with their dogs in the room. Also, owning a pet outperforms medication when it comes to controlling stress related high blood pressure.
You’ll get more exercise. On average, dog owners spend almost 2 hours a week letting their dogs exercise them.
Fewer trips to the doctor. Studies show that people who own pets need less medication and fewer medical visits than non-pet owners with similar illnesses.
Studies show that kids with pets are less likely to experiment with alcohol and cigarettes. That’s because they have better things to do with their time when there’s a 4-legged creature around to play with.
For more information on the benefits of pet ownership, or to find a pet, check out the SPCA website.