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Pets to the Rescue

The many ways your furry friends are good for your health.

Dogs, cats, fish, and birds may be the most common types of pets, but there are a number of other types of domesticated animals. Most folks keep a pet or two or seven for the companionship they offer. Pets can be a lot of work, annoy you at all hours, and cost a lot of money, but when you realize the many physical and mental health benefits they can provide, you may fall love in them all over again.

Here are seven reasons to thank your pets and give them a special treat.

1. Disease Prevention

Walking your dog is good for both of you. Your dog can stretch his legs and sniff the neighborhood while you get your regular exercise. Since physical activity is an essential part of health and wellness, take advantage of your pet’s need for exercise and get out there yourself. It keeps your heart, lungs, muscles, and bones strong and burns calories to help you maintain a healthy weight. In short, regular exercise works to prevent numerous types of diseases. When the dog's whining to take a walk, be smart and give in.

2. Stress Management

Yes, cleaning out the litter box and the bunny cage are yucky jobs, but studies show time spent with your pets helps reduce stress. Petting your cat's fur or watching the fish swim back and forth in the tank are relaxing activities. Pets are also a good distraction from the anxieties in your life, and their cute antics serve as a source of enjoyment day in and day out.

3. Ease Depression

A pet to welcome you home, greet you in the morning, or keep you company during the day is a great addition for anyone dealing with depression, loneliness, or low self-esteem. Those little furry friends have a way of adding structure and purpose to your day. It’s hard to stay depressed in bed when your dog needs his food and a walk. The unconditional love they show can put a smile on anyone's face.

Feeling lonely? Pets are great conversation starters and a great way to meet new people. So get out of the house and take your dog on a walk at the neighborhood park or the local dog park. If you’re single, you may even find a new love interest!

4. Lowers Blood Pressure

If left untreated, high blood pressure can eventually damage your heart, arteries, kidneys, eyes, and brain. When high blood pressure is caused by stress, spending time with your pet can be one way to help lower it. So cuddle up with your dog or cat and feel your body relax.

5. Prevent Allergies

Unfortunately, pets may often trigger certain allergies. However, if you grow up around farm animals, dogs, or cats, your chances of developing allergies, asthma, eczema, and respiratory infections later on in life are reduced. This is because exposure to allergens at a young age strengthens your immune system so you're less likely to suffer an allergic response when you're older.

6. Relieve Pain

Diseases and injuries can leave folks in chronic pain. When medications, treatments, and therapies fail to eradicate pain, you may want to consider getting a pet. Caring for animals is not only a good distraction from your discomfort, but petting your animal releases endorphins, feel-good hormones, that are known to help relieve pain.