How Owning a Pet Can Make you Happier & Healthier

July 18, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

 

Pets are awesome.

Not only are they funny and weird and farty and full of love, but they offer amazing health benefits to their owners.

Just ask our copywriter, Lauren, who recently adopted a 7-year-old feral cat, FatFace, and who instantly falls asleep the second she pets her.

“When I feel stressed out, all I have to do is pet FatFace and I instantly feel relaxed,” says Lauren.

Our KindHealth Advisor, Sonia, who owns two rabbits, Peanut and Petunia, adds, “Rabbits are such calming animals. Interacting with them helps me relieve stress. I even joke with my husband that they are my therapy.”

Besides helping with stress levels, owning a pet can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness which can help with overall heart health. Studies show that if you’ve had a heart attack, having a pet can help you recover faster.

It goes without saying that pets also have tremendous positive health benefits for people suffering from depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or disabilities. According to the CDC, having a pet increases your likelihood of physical activity and socialization. As for senior citizens, pets can offer a daily routine that gets them mobilized and out of the house.

Now here is a strange health benefit of having a pet: They can help with your allergies. A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children exposed to animals at an early age will develop stronger immune systems and can lower their chances of developing allergies by 33%. (Alas, this doesn’t help adults.)

And last but not least, pets offer a lot of love, which makes your mind and heart full and happy.

Below are photos of the KindHealth pets.

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Elvis and James Brown

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Peanut and Petunia

health benefits of pets

FatFace

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Monkey

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