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Why Pets are Good for Your Heart’s Health

Why Pets are Good for Your Heart’s Health


Having a pet is a rewarding experience. Not only do you have a best friend, but you also have a companion that can help you improve your health. Pets show unconditional love that can warm your heart, but also improve your heart’s health.

A healthy heart helps you live a longer life and reduces your risk of having heart problems. If you’re concerned about your heart’s health or want to maintain good health, consider having a pet and make sure to take care of them well.

Here are a few reasons why they are good for your heart’s health:

Reduces Stress

Studies have shown that stress has a negative impact on your heart. Cuddling and petting an animal can relax the hormone cortisol that is released when you are stressed.  Simply playing with your dog or watching a fish swim can be enough to soothe your body and mind.

A Pet Will Get Your Heart Pumping

Exercising is one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy.  Bringing a pet into your workout routine will boost your activity level.  Dog owners are known to walk more than others, and an active lifestyle is effective for your heart. On the days that you don’t feel like exercising, you can walk your dog or go to the park and play with your pet. Regular physical activity also lowers the risk for obesity, which is another cause for heart disease.

Your Mood Will Improve

Not only will a pet bring a smile to your face, but they can make you a happier person. When there is a relationship between heart disease and depression, maintaining a positive attitude and being in a good mood with the help of an animal can have a long-term impact on your heart’s health.

You Will Not Feel Lonely

Being lonely can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health. Loneliness can cause a lower quality of life, which can affect people with heart problems.  The companionship of a pet can relieve you from feeling lonely, especially if you live by yourself. Walking a dog also increases social interaction. You can talk to the people that are walking nearby and connect to your community.

There are so many benefits to owning a pet, just make sure to treat them right and take good care of them. If you want to know more information about how to keep your heart healthy, feel free to reach out to us.