Pet Peeves: Health Benefits of having pets

Hey friends!  Mia and Dexter here with the scoop.

We sure do love our mommy and daddy; they feed us and play with us and take us for jogs.  In fact, sometimes I think mommy likes us even more than Jordin (but, shhhhh).  So, since they take such wonderful care of us, we thought we’d do something nice back – we’re keeping them healthy.

That’s right, for all you lovely pet-parents out there, we practically have magical healing powers.  For example, did you know that babies living in households with dogs have 31% fewer respiratory tract infections and 44% fewer ear infections? Yeah. And having us pets around decreases the likelihood that your child will develop allergies later in life.

We’re not just good for babies though!  We help adults maintain lower blood pressure levels and live longer after heart attacks.  Alzheimer’s patients suffer fewer outbursts of anxiety if they have pets, and, get this, during the medical screenings of people 75 and over, insurance agencies will ask about the ownership of a pet as potential points in their favor.

Even the effects of our constant affection and love can be shown by scientific evidence; petting and playing with us boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine in humans while decreasing amounts of chemicals like cortisol, a hormone that is linked to stress.

So, to all you moms and dads of fur-people, you’re welcome. Now let’s play fetch!

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