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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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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.

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12:19AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Nothing better than that unconditional love, and my "girl" makes me "Move it Move"

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