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6 Health Benefits of Having Pets

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5. Pets Can Help People with Serious Illness
Some medical doctors  recommend “pet prescriptions” to their patients who are alone and need companionship. That’s because physicians have discovered that a family pet can actually motivate some patients to give their best effort when dealing with serious illness such as cancer. Having a pet to care for and feed can stimulate ailing individuals to take better care of themselves.

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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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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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9:47AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

New technology being developed to use dogs as warning signs of physical problems with owners. Check it out.

http://www.nutralegacy.com/blog/general-healthcare/mans-bff/

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