Your pet is doing more for you than you know!

Ultimately this campaign is about giving all pets a loving chance at having a family. So today we’re going to have a look at the other side of the story. The family adopting the pet. What can having a pet do for you? It’s actually quite a bit!

Take a look at the health benefits of having a pet (courtesy of the RSPCA http://kb.rspca.org.au/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-pet-ownership_408.html):

–  Increased cardiovascular health (lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides and in men, lower cholesterol)
–  Increased physical activity. Your dog can motivate you to walk with him or her! Besides, who doesn’t like seeing those puppy eyes get all lit up at the prospect of a walk
–  Fewer visits to the doctor
– Growing up with a dog (and other pets to a lesser extent) during infancy may help to strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of allergies
– Children who have pets are less likely to miss days of school due to illness

Don’t forget about psychological health too!
Pets are able to make us more empathetic and they can cheer us up too. There’s a reason why therapy dogs exist!

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Gene Mohr, a retired Tech. Sergeant, pets Mollie, a three year old Sheltie at Langley Hospital Jan. 30.  Mollie does about 10 visits throughout the Hampton Roads Area.  This is her third week visiting Langley Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Wolf)
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Gene Mohr, a retired Tech. Sergeant, pets Mollie, a three year old Sheltie at Langley Hospital Jan. 30. Mollie does about 10 visits throughout the Hampton Roads Area. This is her third week visiting Langley Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Wolf)

K.T

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