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6 Health Benefits of Having Pets

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3. Dogs Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

A psychologist from Queen’s University, Belfast, said dog owners tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Writing in the British Journal of Health Psychology, she says that regular walks may partly explain the difference. Taking care of a dog can often leads to increases in physical activity and facilitates the development of social contacts, which may enhance both physiological and psychological human health. As well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol, dog-owners suffer fewer minor ailments and serious medical problems.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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9:38AM PDT on May 1, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

6:54AM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

ty

4:50AM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

lovely

8:39AM PDT on Apr 20, 2015

My thinking exactly

7:57PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Great stories, Great Pictures, Great Advice, Great Day with so much purrrrr-fecttttt love.

7:54PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Wouldn't be without my cat he just the purr-fect company, 24/7. Thank you for sharing.

11:45AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

I know that some of the residents at the nursing home where I volunteer really enjoy visiting animals. There is even a "country day" where small farm animals are brought in, particularly into the courtyard... I even arranged miniature horses one year... they were a bit hit.

12:35PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

My cats have changed my life for the better in every way. Nothing can replace the unconditional love I get from them, When I get home from work they are waiting for me at the door and when I open the door they are both there with little bodies arched, tails straight up and quivering with excitement. I usually throw my bags down and drop to the floor and they fly into my arms....It's priceless.

5:25AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

6?? I know at least 6,000 health benefits of having pets, they change your life for the better in every way...thank you for this article.

5:05AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Don't forget Laughter.
when i play with my cats they always get me laughing and it is supposed to be the best medicine.

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