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Why Owning a Pet is Good for Your Health

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Many people benefit from an animal companion. Whether it's a dog, cat, or another animal entirely, having a pet can help boost your well-being.

In October 2018, the National Poll on Healthy Aging surveyed a national sample of adults age 50-80 about their pets. 55% of adults surveyed said they had a pet. Of those with pets, more than half had multiple pets.

Benefits of Pet Ownership

  1. Pets can help prevent loneliness. Many seniors spend more time alone than they used to, which can lead to loneliness, isolation, and depression. A pet can help lift your spirits and make you feel better.

  2. Owning a pet may lower your blood pressure. The American Heart Association writes that some studies have shown a correlation between pet ownership and lower blood pressure.

  3. Pets can help keep you active. Going on a walk with your dog might be just the encouragement you need to be a little more physically active.

  4. Pets will help you stick to a routine. Anyone who has owned a cat knows that they like their routines. Whether it's feeding Fluffy or walking Fido, pets can give you a purpose. It makes it a lot easier to get out of bed when you know your pet is waiting for you.

Here at Peach Tree, we are pet-friendly, so you don't have to worry about where your furry friend will go when you move. If you don't have a pet, you can always ask one of your neighbors if you can visit and make friends with their pet.

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