Man's Best Friend May 21, 2019

Whether you like dogs, cats or some other creature, the company of animals - whether as pets or service animals - can have a profound impact on a person's quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses.

Did you know:

  • Nearly 70 percent of U.S. households own a pet
  • Of households with pets
    • 80 percent believe their pets bring them happiness and emotional support
    • 55 percent believe their pets reduce anxiety and depression
    • 66 percent believe their pets relieve stress
  • Pet ownership can help
    • Improve cardiovascular health and physical activity
    • Decrease stress and lower blood pressure
    • Reduce loneliness, which increases the risk of developing many chronic health conditions
  • For individuals receiving treatment for mental illnesses, animal-assisted interventions reduce anger, anxiety, depression and general distress, which improves the ability to socialize
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