30 Mind-Blowing Health Benefits of Pets

30 Mind-Blowing Health Benefits of Pets

Owning a pet is no easy feat, but that hasn’t stopped Americans from adopting dogs and cats at staggering rates. In fact, a cool third of American families own pets.

From soothing muscle aches to slashing stress to even increasing your longevity, owning pet offers some serious health benefits.  But a pet in the house is more than just a fun new family member: it’s a bona fide mini medicine cabinet.   Here they are.

Not only do adorable pets melt hearts with their sweet faces, but they apparently also keep your ticker in tip-top shape. That’s according to one study published in the journal Circulation, which found that owning a pet is correlated with both reduced heart disease risk and increased survival among heart disease patients.

Any pet owner can attest to the fact that nothing is quite as comforting than cuddling up with a furry friend. In fact, one study conducted at Ohio State University found that for college students, simply owning a cat or dog was enough to help reduce their risk of becoming depressed or feeling lonely.

In the same Ohio State study, nearly 25 percent of participants reported that owning a dog or cat helped keep them active, primarily because their pets forced them to go outside for walks.

According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet is one of the many ways you can lower your cholesterol levels (and it certainly beats cutting red meat out of your diet).

Even though they can’t actually say anything, dogs and cats have the incredible capability to lift their owners up like no human can.