Saturday, August 1, 2015

5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Want a fun way to improve your health

Use your pet! He’s a natural health coach.

Don’t believe me? Look at this picture and try to tell me that this dog isn’t cute. 
Of course, your first reaction is to go…AWWW!

(Yes, he's my dog!)

It’s a natural response that most people have so why not use it to your advantage.

Benefit #1
Mood Boosters
Your pet is always happy to see you when you come home. Greets you at the door with a wagging tail and kisses. Or meows, rubs your leg and wants to be petted. Who accepts you, is non-judgmental and gives you unconditional love.

You feel loved and your self esteem and confidence will go through the roof.

Benefit #2
Great Exercise
What better way to keep you in shape and rid your dog of it’s excess energy. He’s the perfect accountability partner! He’s always ready to join you for a brisk walk, run on the beach or rollerblading in the park.

The activities will strengthen your bones and muscles, increase your heart rate, and lower your cholesterol.

Benefit #3
Social Appeal
You know it’s true! Who can resist talking to someone taking their dog for a walk? Whether it’s a black lab on the way to the dog park carrying his favorite ball or a poodle with a pink rhinestone collar and matching leash, your dog is a conversation waiting to happen.

It an awesome attention getter and makes you very proud of your pooch!

Benefit #4
Helps To Control Blood Pressure
In the 2002 study, researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo showed that when involved in a stressful situation, people experienced less stress when their pets were with them than with a spouse or close friend. Those with pets also had lower “reactivity” to the stress test and returned to baseline levels more quickly.

This works the other way, too. Pets get stressed out in certain situations and benefit from you being with them. Like those trips to the vet.

Benefit #5
Calms Nerves
Having you ever found yourself petting your cat and didn’t realize you were doing it? Felt very relaxed grooming your dog? Watched fish swim lazily in your aquarium in a hypnotic daze?       
This calming effect on humans happens when the body releases a powerful hormone called oxytocin. This response also helps create a bond with your pet.

As you can see, owning a pet definitely benefits both humans and animals.  

To keep you as healthy as your pet:

  • Be sure to eat meals with fruits and vegetables containing as many colors as possible. Think rainbow.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Don’t forget Fido.
  • Drink plenty of water. Use filtered water as much as possible.
  • If you don't always eat right then take high quality nutritional supplements. I recommend the Essentials Multivitamin from USANA Health Sciences.

To your creatively healthy life!


  1. I've had my Chico Paco for over two years now and it took me a while to love him, mostly because he was technically supposed to be my daughter's dog, not mine. But as he grew attached to me, I began to love him and realized that he does make me happier. When I walk into my house, my dog is the happiest creature in the house! Not even my kids are so happy to see me! LOL!

  2. You're right, Karen! Our pets do make us happier which helps keep us healthier!