How Pets Help Us Live Longer

Posted by wadmin on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Our pets are part of our family, and our families are where our homes are. Our pets are representative of the unconditional love we’re all capable of. Our pets make us more relaxed, happier, gentler, and more patient, but have you ever wondered how all of these mental health perks of pet parenting affect your physical health?

Stress Less

Cats and dogs can bring your stress levels down to more manageable levels after, say, a particularly hard day at work or school (or both!). Sitting and stroking your companion pet will help maintain healthy blood pressure, increase production of calming hormones and decrease the level of stressful ones.

A Big Boost To Your System

Children’s immune systems can get a healthy boost when they join a family with a dog or cat. Babies born into households with cats and/or dogs experience far fewer instances of asthma, ear infections, colds or allergies. Add that to the joyful relationships young children have with their pets and you’ve got a recipe for a happy kiddo.

Heart Healthy Pets

Dogs, in particular, can be great for heart health. Walking your dog at least once a day gets you into physical activity that you may not pursue otherwise.

Sharing in Caring

Our pets do so much more for us than keep us company. They are our most loyal friends, our most treasured companions, and they add years to our lives by sharing their considerably shorter lives with us. Now, go hug your pet and tell them how much you love them! You’ll both feel great afterwards!

At Gresham Animal Hospital, we have been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We provide quality, professional service that is personalized; every patient receives individualized recommendations and treatment. Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Read our page in the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards issue. Learn more about the award-winning Services We Offer. Call us at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment for your pet!

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”