Did you know that Americans spend approximately $60 billion* on pets each year? That’s a ton of cash spent on cats, dogs and other pets!
But animal lovers everywhere don’t think twice when it comes to spending money on a beloved pet. They become part of the family. So, you’re probably not surprised to know that April 11 is #NationalPetDay – a day to celebrate our pets.
It’s a good thing we all love our pets so much. Experts tell us that the presence of animals in our home helps us stay healthier. Here are 5 reasons why according to WebMD.
1. Pets Make Your Heart Happy
Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. Why? Dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs.
2. Pets Reduce Stress
Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.
3. Pets Help You Connect with Others
Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people. People who use wheelchairs say that other people make eye contact with them more often and ask if they can be of help when they’re with their dogs, Beck says.
4. Pets Boost Your Spirits
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems.
5. Pets Help Raise Healthy Babies
Babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma, some studies show. Babies with dogs or cats at home have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year than babies living in pet-free homes, one study found.
Thinking about getting a pet of your own? If you’re a parent, you’ll love this quiz from Parent magazine to help you pick the pet that’s right for your family.
Have a pet you love? Send me a picture! On National Pet Day, and always, go spend some time with your furry friend. It will do you some good!
Sources: American Pet Products Association, Parents.com and WebMD