Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Pets are great for your health! Start your New Year off right with a furry companion from the Seattle Humane Society
Pet owners everywhere agree that pets come with perks, and numerous studies confirm the health benefits of their unconditional love, wagging tails, and calming purrs. Just ask Terry and Dave Cockrill who adopted Lucy, a 5-year-old Beagle mix, from the Seattle Humane Society. "Since adopting Lucy (and our other dog, Sammie), we've lost 80 pounds! We all go for long daily walks. It's been a real 'win win' for all of us," say the Cockrills.
Start your New Year off right and find the perfect furry exercise companion for your lifestyle at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue. Visit SHS online to see the Cockrills' before and after photos!
A Few Ways Pets are Great for Your Health:
Pets Can Help Build Immunity
Contrary to popular belief, pets can help prevent allergies in children, doctors say. When children grow up around animals, they are less likely to develop allergies, asthma or eczema because they build stronger immune systems.
Furry Stress Relief
Pets are great listeners and can be a source of solace for pet owners, helping to alleviate negative emotions like anger and grief. Pets also require a routine and help to organize a person's day, which can heavily reduce stress.
Apart from having an organized, stress-reduced day, pet owners also get a moderate amount of exercise. Walking your dog twice a day helps you, and your dog, stay active and healthy. Playing indoors with your cat can help you work up a sweat, too!
Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
People with pets tend to have lower cholesterol. Also, interacting with pets is proven to reduce blood pressure.
Make Pet Care a Family Affair
Pets can actually bring families closer and help them to achieve healthier lifestyles together! Sharing in the care and responsibility of pet ownership can be fun and rewarding when the whole family chips in. Spend your quality family time playing with and exercising your pet together - a walk in the park is great for everyone's health!
Posted by CityDog Magazine at 12:05 PM