Have you heard of the term Zooeyia? It is a newly invented word for describing the health benefits of pets. With over 78 million dogs and 86 million cats owned in the United States we wanted to take a look at some of the health benefits that your cat or dog can provide you.
Recent studies have taken a look at how living with a pet can help improve your cardiovascular health. Studies have taken place that show that owning a pet can lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and chances of heart disease. There are also findings that show that owners of cats and dogs had a significantly lower chance of having a fatal heart attack.
Increased Physical Activity
As a dog owner you know that walking your dog is a daily activity. One study found that dog owners that walked their dog regularly were less likely to be obese than those who don’t walk their own dog or do not own a dog at all. A Michigan State University study even went as far as stating that 60% of dog owners meet the federal recommendation for moderate exercise.
Who doesn’t feel better after playing with your dog or cat? Spending time playing with you pet can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, giving you that sense of pleasure as well as providing a calming effect.
Sometimes being alone can be combated with companionship from your pet. This companionship can help you boost your mood and even help bring you a bit of joy and happiness.
A dog can provide you the social support in your life. They are great conversation starters when you are out in the park or sitting at a cafe. Studies have shown that people that are more social tend to live longer and have stronger mental and physical abilities later in life.
Adopt A Pet
At Advanced Medical we are a pet-friendly travel therapy company that offers housing for you and your pet. So for those who do not have a pet please try adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. Two great resources for finding an animal shelter near you are http://www.animalshelter.org or http://www.petfinder.com.
Flickr image by Aaron E. Silvers