For those of you that have companion animals you know how special they are to us. This is the first time she's gotten sick and she's almost 8 years old. Isn't it funny how our pets can elevate our heart rate (by scratching the brand new insert anything here) and reduce it at the same time. I always wondered about that.
According to the American Heart Association owning a pet can actually reduce your blood pressure - crazy huh? And the CDC says:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Triglyceride levels
- Feelings of loneliness
- Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- Opportunities for socialization