4 Ways Your Pet Can Help You Be Healthier and Happier
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4 Ways Your Pet Can Help You Be Healthier and Happier

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 by Linda Rosado

Whether you've just adopted a new furry friend or your four-legged companion has been by your side for years, having a dog or other type of pet can help positively transform your life.

Caring for a pup can not only be fun and rewarding, it actually helps you be healthier and feel happier. Here are just four of the ways your pooch is helping you feel like a better human.

Soothing Stress

Do you feel calmer and more at peace around your pets? Simply glancing over at your furry friend can bring feelings of joy and companionship. Research also shows that petting your dog or cat can help lower your blood pressure, help your body release a hormone that promotes relaxation and reduce stress levels. Rhythmic petting can also soothe your pets—believe it or not, they get stressed out, too. Next time your pooch begs for a tummy rub, remember how great it'll make you both feel!

Heart Health

Having a dog can prevent heart disease. That might sound far-fetched, but it's been proven that people with pets have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. In fact, studies have proven that heart attack survivors and people with serious heart problems that own a pet live longer than those with the same conditions and no four-legged companions. Those daily walks with your pup actually help keep your heart healthy. If you want to take it up a notch, why not take your pup on longer walks or even go jogging? Just be sure to look out for DOGIPOT pet waste stations equipped with their dependable waste removal bags to keep your community looking good, too.

Mood Boosters

There's nothing like having a pup run up and greet you with a slobbery kiss and a wagging tail after a long day at work. This instant mood booster might seem like a fleeting feeling, but people with pets have been shown to be generally happier, more trusting and less lonely than those who don't have pets. The companionship of a pet can even help relieve depression.

Social Support

While pets make excellent friends, they can also help their owners make friends of their own species. Pets, especially dogs, provide great social support and help many pet parents connect with other people and even form real friendships. From dog parks to walks around the neighborhood and even training classes, pups can help you meet other dog parents like you.

In these ways, and many more, your pups can bring joy and purpose to your everyday life. What are some of the ways your own dogs or cats have helped change your life for the better?

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