In our hearts we know that pets enrich our lives, and in recent years scientific studies have begun to pin-point the ways that companion animals improve our minds and our bodies. Beyond walks and “fetch,” beyond lazy days in the sun and eager faces at the end of the day, pets provide documented health benefits.
A 1993 report in the Harvard Health Letter explains that companion animals have more consistent behavior compared to our human companions and that they offer unconditional affection.
The effect: lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety level for pet owners. We repay them with love and attention. In fact, more than 60 percent of pets receive “as much attention as children,” according to the 1994 American Animal Hospital Association pet owner survey.