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Healthy Reasons To Have A Pet

  • MaxxSeniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 100 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owners in the study had 21 percent fewer physician contacts than non-dog owners. (Siegel, 1990).

  • Activities of daily living level (ADL) of seniors who did not currently own pets deteriorated more on average than that of respondents who currently owned pets. (Raina, 1999).

  • Pet owners have lower blood pressure. (Friedmann, 1983; Anderson, 1992).

  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners (Anderson, 1992).

  • Companionship of pets (particularly dogs) helps children in families adjust better to the serious illness and health of a parent (Raveis, 1993).

  • Pet owners feel less afraid of being a victim of crime when walking with a dog or sharing a residence with a dog. (Sepel, 1990).

  • Contact with pets develops nurturing behavior in children who may grow to be more nurturing adults (Melson, 1990).

  • Dogs are preventive and therapeutic measures against everyday stress (Allen, 1991).

  • Pets decrease feeling of loneliness and isolation (Kidde, 1994).

  • The presence of a dog during a child's physical examination decreases their stress. (Nadgengast, 1997, Baun, 1998).

  • Pets fulfill many of the same support functions as humans for adults and children. (Melson, 1998)
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