Recent surveys have found that about 68% of U.S. homes have at least one pet. That is a lot! Owning a pet is a big responsibility with routine veterinarian care as well as the daily feeding, grooming, and exercising that is all part of pet ownership. If you have a pet, you already know what a pet can “give back” through their love and affection for you, but did you know that there are many health benefits to owning a pet as well?
You’ve probably heard about studies that had people interact with animals to see how it affected things like their mood and blood pressure. Pet interaction is often studied because there is still some mystery behind the connection between health and our pets. Several studies have found that the health benefit being studied is greatest when the participant is interacting with their own pet rather than an unknown animal or robotic animal.