- Pets relieve stress. This is my favorite health reason to own a fur baby. Stress is a major issue for most people, but chronic pain and other health issues can push you over the edge. Chilling out with your pet is a great way to relax and unwind.
- Exercise. Dog ownership and exercise go hand in hand. Those daily walks are a wonderful way to get exercise. Movement is very important to people with fibromyalgia. Even though it can hurt initially, you will feel better over time. Dogs and cats both love to play. Tossing a ball or stick around the yard for Fido or a toy mouse around the house for your feline is another calorie-burner that gets those muscles and joints moving.
- Pets reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This can be attributed to a decrease in anxiety, blood pressure and cholesterol through increased physical activity as well as lower levels of stress and anxiety.
If you are a pet owner, you know they can bring a lot of joy to our lives. But did you know that they can also have a profound effect on our health as well? Here are a few ways that pets help improve our health and overall well-being.