We love our pets, and they love us back, unconditionally.
But did you know that it has been scientifically proven that pets improve our heart health?
As it turns out, the benefits of living with pets extend far beyond the emotional. In fact, interacting with companion animals lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.What is the science behind pets and heart health? How does living with a pet keep your heart healthy?
Some of these benefits are a result of the increased physical activity that comes with living with animals, especially dogs.
Dogs Keep Us Moving
Dogs need to walk and run, and one of the top reasons why living with dogs improves your health is that we move more when we live with dogs. Those daily walks are great for dogs and for humans.
Less than 5% of adults meet the recommended weekly level of physical activity, but dog owners walk, on average, one hour more per week. In fact, the American Heart Association reports that dog parents are 34% more likely to walk the recommended 150 minutes per week.
Did you know that cats’ purring is a healing vibration? This article in Science World reports that purring has a vibration between 25 and 150 Hertz. These vibrations may stimulate muscles and promote bone healing in cats — and I wouldn’t be surprised if they helped to heal us, too.