Man’s best friend can be good for your health

Mind

Pets can help to improve your health and well-being. They can be good for your physical, mental and social health. The American Heart Association has found connections between pet ownership and reduced risk for heart disease. Other health benefits of owning a pet include: 

• Owners are less likely to suffer from depression
• Playing with pets can promote feelings of calm and relaxation through the release of serotonin and dopamine
• Increased exercise
• Fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness. Companionship provided by pets helps promote positive mental health
• Reduces anxiety
• Adds structure to your day

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