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Pet Prescription Author: Kat dela Torre, DVM
Healthy heart, less stress, lowered cholesterol levels, and improved mood. Most people will probably attribute such things to regular exercise, good diet, healthy lifestyle, and good genes. But what many fail to appreciate is that these wonderful benefits can also be gained from something somewhat disconnected from them—pet ownership.
Numerous studies and anecdotal reports worldwide attest to the wide array of health benefits of owning a pet. Here are some of them:
At a time when treatment and health insurance are much needed but hardly accessible to many, maybe it’s time for us to revisit what a lot of us can easily “afford” and open not only our homes, but our hearts, to animals.