Positive health effects of living with pets

Several positive health effects that can be related to coexistence with pets have been reported on the web pages of the respectable medical professional organizations (American Heart Association, American Stroke Association).

  • improving physical condition
  • help with stress management
  • help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol
  • increase in overall life satisfaction

The positive effects on the health of dog owners are most associated with the need to guide dogs on the daily walks. In this way, dog owners are significantly better at implementing the recommendation on physical activity needed to prevent heart attack and stroke. Although with less evidence, there are studies that have shown that coexistence with pets helps with adaptation to stress, and with feelings of isolation in the elderly and in persons with disabilities.

Tip: If you do not find enough motives to be physically active every day, get a dog that will make you do it!