High Blood Pressuer? Get A Dog!

May 17, 2017

If you own a dog or cat, then you already know this. 

Millions of Americans pet owners already know that their love for their pet has probably given their health a boost --now science has confirmed it. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, pet owners get measurable physical boosts, like lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and lower cholesterol.

WebMD.com says being with your pet also reduces your response to stress and helps you to recover from it faster. Having a pet benefits kids too, including helping them develop empathy. Pets provide the same emotional connection as a human friend. And studies show that the more people benefit from their pets, the closer they tend to be to other people.

Dog owners, in particular, are more likely to be physically active and less likely to be obese. For older people, having a dog can keep them socially connected. And that's been shown to help people live longer, and avoid physical and mental decline.

Oh, and one other stat:  Men are more likely to get a lady's phone number if he's walking a dog at the time.