|Piet & Hana|
Buddy often roams the office, taunting Hana (a black lab guide dog in training) as she relaxes in her cage. She'd love the chance to rummage through yarn...or chase bunnies! These furry friends keep us smiling, but who would have guessed they tend to help reduce risk factors of heart disease? We had our suspicions, but now we have proof that our pets are good for our health!
The study of human-animal interaction is still relatively new, but it's no surprise that pets provide an outstanding number of benefits for people. Pets have a way of helping to improve our cardiovascular health. One NIH study found that of 421 adults who had suffered from a heart attack after one year, dog owners were more likely to be alive than those without a dog no matter how severe their heart attack. Another study found that 240 married couples with pets had lower heart rates and blood pressure than those without pets.
|Terry's kitty Riley :)|