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Pets Can Help Boost Your Health And Well-Being

January 15, 2013 by  

Studies conducted during the past three decades show the effect pet ownership and companionship can have on the state of your health. Two-thirds of households in the United States own at least one pet, according to data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

So how can this benefit your physical and mental health? Many pet owners firmly believe their recovery from illnesses like cancer, heart disease, depression and stroke was boosted by the constant devotion of their pet. Dogs can be trained as medical assistance animals for epilepsy patients and diabetics. These animals can detect risks and warn their owners before they suffer from seizures or hypoglycemic episodes.

One NIH-funded study evaluated 421 participants who had experienced heart attacks. Researchers found that dog owners were significantly more likely to survive the attack — no matter the severity. Another study found that couples who owned pets were less likely to have high blood pressure or increased heartbeats. They were also calmer in the face of stressful situations and responded more responsibly compared to those without pets.

Pets can be a welcome addition to any home, but make sure you have the time and patience to devote to your furry friend. The average lifespan of cats and dogs can range from 10 to 17 years, so make sure you’re ready for a permanent commitment. Health-wise, a pet could be the best investment you’ll ever make.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • John R. Howell

    If you think that pets make you healthier, you should read any book on microbiology, such as Talaro: Foundations in Microbiology. The resident host of the germ that causes toxoplasmosis is the gut of the cat. That germ goes to the brain, where it migrates out the optic nerve to the retina of the eye, and causes 15 per cent of the blindness in the U.S. Children and dogs exchange diseases back and forth. If you walk in a park where dogs walk, you will track e. coli into your house and get sick from it. If you touch a dog or cat, you can get worm eggs on your hands. If you visit someone who has a dog or a cat in the house, and that animal jumps all over you, you can get sick or even eventually go blind.
    The “love a dog or cat” idea is fostered by the multi-billion dollar pet food industry. They don’t care if you get sick or go blind, they just want to sell pet food. John R. Howell, Ph.D.

    • dan

      for goodness sake ,don’t look at your drinking water under a microscope… :)

  • Bill

    God bless dogs and cats, many times their company is preferrable to humans

  • mary

    pets show unconditional love they are your best friend

  • Dee

    Give them frequent baths I bath my dogs
    every one to two weeks because I have allergies, people have germs also, should we avoid them too! good handwashing and removing your shoes at the door is a good way to reduce germs!

  • Dee

    last response was from Dee CNP MSM

  • http://none Claire

    I am thankful I have my dogs. My husband loved them too. He spent many years hunting with them. The more I see and hear people and their rants, the more respect I have for my dogs. My dogs display more common sense and rationality than a lot of people. One reason why dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails instead of their tongues.


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