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Human Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Human Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

According to studies and research reported by Harvard Health Publications and the American Heart Association, pets are good for our health! Pet ownership in general — and dog ownership in particular — has been associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, a longer lifespan, and many other benefits to both emotional and physical well being. We already knew dogs were great, but this research seals the deal!

  • When compared to those without pets, dog owners have a lower incidence of depression
  • Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which create a calming and relaxing effect.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — which are markers of heart disease — than those without pets.
  • Pet owners over the age of 65 make 30% fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
  • One year-long study found that walking an overweight dog helped both the animals and their owners lose weight.
  • Another study found that people who recently acquired a dog walked 30 minutes more a week than they did previously.

Wow! Our furry friends sure do a lot for our health — including offering unconditional love and companionship. Treat them right with a complete and balanced diet based on biologically appropriate raw food and ensure they will thrive along with you for years to come!

Sources: Harvard Health Publications; American Heart Association