Pets keep humans healthy

Our furry friends do more than keep us company.
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Nov 26, 2008
By dvm360.com staff
Your clients who own energetic dogs probably know that their pets help keep them fit by begging for walks or outdoor playtime. But research shows that pets can actually help us live longer and healthier lives simply by being loving companions.

Among the studies that prove the health benefits of owning a pet:

> Heart patients with pets are nearly five times more likely to survive a heart attack than those without pets.
> Pets can help humans combat loneliness, depession, and other emotional problems.
> Pet owners have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than non-owners.

Just as important, pets can make a person feel loved and appreciated, and serve as role models of how to live life to the fullest. And they’re great listeners on those days when you just need to vent.