Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate, and reduce levels of stress hormones.
Pets can encourage us to be more active, which can lead to weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, and stronger bones and muscles.
Pets can provide companionship and unconditional love, which can help to boost mood and reduce depression.
Walking our dogs or taking our cats to the park can help us to meet new people and make friends.
Studies have shown that interacting with pets can help to improve cognitive function in older adults.
Caring for a pet can teach children responsibility, empathy, and compassion.
Pets can help to reduce loneliness and isolation, especially for older adults and people with disabilities.