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There are many physical and emotional benefits to being a pet owner. Besides having a furry friend to cuddle, your pet can enhance your lifestyle in ways you had never imagined.

Many facets can elicit strong responses from the cardiovascular system elevating blood pressure and cholestrol levels. Having a pet can lower the associated risks byt reducing restress, increasing exercise and decreasing depression.

Healthier Lifestyle

Exercise is good for your overall health, as well as for stress management, A study discovered that two out of three dog owners takes their pets for regular walks. Dogs can also make better walking partners than humans- they are less likely to make an excuse to skip out!

Pet as Stress Reducers

Current research shows that people experience less stress when performing a stressful taks when accompanied by thier pets, even more so than when a supportive friend or spouse is present. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is no fear a pet will judge you.

Help Improve Your Mood

Recent studies show that pet woners are less likely to suffer from depression. Owning a pet satisfied our craving for intimacy, nuturance and contact with nature. A pet can be there for you in ways that people cannot; offereing unconditional love and companionship- not to mention silence when youa re not in the mood for conversation. These benefits can reduce the amoutnof anxiety experience in response to feelings of social isolation and lack of social support.

Benefits for Children

According to a recent article in the LA Times, children who are raised with pets are less likely to develop allergies than children who are not raised with pets. Other benefits include increased phyiscal acitivity for childre with pets, resulting in less childhood obesity. When it comes to academia, pets can help your child have better grades. Several studies indicate that young children who have pets were much better at making biological connections. 

Increased Social Support

When taking your dog for a walk, you are more approachable. People will stop and chat, being less guarded when interacting with strangers. The opportunities you have for social banter will likely increase your network of acquaintances. As well, in a recent study, women reported being more drawn to men with pets. Perhaps men with pets were perceived as more nuturing. 

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