We love our pets. The billions of dollars that are spent on them every year to purchase food, toys and medical treatment leave no doubt about that. Yes, many of us spend a lot of money on our pets – some might say too much, but, did you know that your pets may be doing you a favor in a way you might not expect? Serious medical research has discovered that having a pet can be a true benefit to your health. It probably matters less what kind of pet you have, and has to do more with how you feel about your pet. Read on and discover the ways your pet can help you enjoy better health.
1. Lower Cholesterol
Now here’s one that sounds like it’s coming straight out of left field. It seems like a big stretch to associate pet ownership with lower cholesterol, but there is evidence to back that claim up. The downside to this one is that it’s mostly limited to dog owners. Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to get in some daily exercise, and there’s no reason to take a quick trip down to the corner and back and call it quits. Most dogs are quite happy to walk for as long as their companion wants, so get some beneficial exercise while enjoying your dog’s company at the same time. Exercise plays a key role in keeping your cholesterol count low.