Researchers have yet to make a concrete, direct link between pet ownership and healthy hearts, the studies, however, consistently show there is an undeniable pattern.
As many pet parents already know, owning a cat or dog can have far-reaching emotional and physical benefits. They may even surprise you…
Pet owners steadily fared better than non-pet owners when it came to hearth health, according to the American Heart Association.
❤️ People with dogs engaged in more walking and more physical activity, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity
Valentine’s Day comes to mind for many folks when they think of February. While this month’s focus is on the heart, Tabby & Jack’s dived into the mysterious and unbreakable connection between humans and their pets.
❤️ Pets can have a positive effect on your body’s reaction to stress, including a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and adrenaline-like hormone release when a pet is present
According to Mercola’s research:
Having pets is also proving healthy for young children and the elderly. Dirt, dander and other debris that go along with pet ownership may help build immunity in young kids, according to a growing number of studies. Pets also help build confidence, sense of responsibility, empathy and deep bonds.
Some of the highlights of the studies were highlighted by the health experts at Mercola:
On the flip-side, dogs and cats are helping many elderly folks by providing a sense of purpose and companionship.
Walks, jogs and even fetch are great examples of heart healthy exercises but be sure to check out Tabby & Jack’s indoor activities for bad weather days too!
❤️ Pet ownership is probably associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors and increased survival among patients
"Cat owners, specifically, have even been found to have a 40 percent lower risk of heart attacks than non-owners, and a cat’s purr, which gives off low-frequency vibrations, has been called a “natural healing mechanism” that may help strengthen and repair bones, relieve pain and heal wounds"
❤️ Owning a pet is linked with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a lower incidence of obesity
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While most studies focus on dogs and the physical activity it takes to care for them is undoubtedly beneficial for the owners, cats are proving to be formidable health healers too.
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