Pets & our Health
70% of home-owners have pets
Pets decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone)
Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets...
Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin & dopamine, which calm and relax.
Pet owners have lower triglyceride & cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease)
Pet owners over age 65 make 30% fewer visits to their doctors
Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
PETS ALSO LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE ESPECIALLY IN STRESSFUL SITUATIONS.
THEY PROVIDE SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HELP US BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE AROUND OTHERS.
Pets give us health & mental support (and love!)