Although it is no big surprise to current pet owners, the American Heart Association recently published a statement that having a pet can reduce the risk of heart disease. And that owning a dog was especially beneficial to cardiovascular health.
I already knew that pets made people, in general, happier; but I didn’t realize all the health benefits that come along with the dog! Here are just a few:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Fewer allergies
- Decreased blood sugar levels in diabetics
Wow! I knew that my dog, Cosmo, was a good boy, but I didn’t know just how good he was for me and my overall health!
Responsible pet ownership is the key. Adopting a dog and not taking proper care of it or continuing other unhealthy habits, like smoking, don’t do the human or the animal any good. So, go home and give Fluffy or Fido a big hug to thank them for all they do to help you live a longer, happier life. — Rachel, Volunteer at the L&LRC
P.S. For more on the prevention of heart disease, the THI Heart Information Center website, or check out our display of featured books for May on preventive cardiology.