How owning a pet can significantly improve you health
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Most houses have at least one pet and with good reason.
There are numerous benefits to owning a pet, ranging from physical health benefits to mental health ones. Even something as small as a pet fish can affect your health and improve your life! Researchers say that owning a pet can not only improve your mental health, but your physical health too. According to the CDC owning pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, help dispel the feeling of loneliness, increase your socialisation and increase the amount you exercise. Plus, the benefits to people with mental illness are even greater. Furthermore, RedBarn reports that owning a pet can help allergy prevention in kids by exposing them to pet dander early in life. Additionally, Redbarn claims that heart attack victims who owned a pet lived longer than those who did not, and seniors who own pets have 30% fewer doctors visits than those who don't. As previously stated, people with mental illness or physical disabilities can benefit greatly from owning either a service animal or just a pet, as animals have an unfathomable effect on anxiety and depression. RedBarn reports that Alzheimer's patients who own a dog or cat have significantly less anxiety than those who don't, while Allen Beck at Purdue University claims "All people report feeling less lonely in the presence of animals - even birds. Animals are good for everyone, but particularly anxious and depressed people. For one thing, pets keep us anchored in the present and distract us from anxious or negative thoughts".
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