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2 Articles on Why You Want a Pet


Get a Pet

Bob Fassbach, SeniorArk Editor

There are studies showing that seniors who care for a pet live longer. If you are looking for a healthier life, get a dog. Scientists have long believed that the companionship of a pet can be good for you, but new research suggests that dog owners are physically healthier than cat owners. Many seniors  are much happier during any season of the year with a cat or small dog.

In a review of dozens of previous studies, Dr Wells found that dogs also seem to aid recovery from serious illnesses, such as heart attacks. My Spring Spaniel, Molly, (right) helped me through MY open heart surgery.

My 80 year old neighbor has a new toy poodle, Rory (I call him killer, mocking his tiny size). Already she adores that pup, and is clearly invigorated by his antics.

Here is a great article on the subject.   "How a dog's life can make you happier"



5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Owning a pet can ward off depression, lower blood pressure, and boost immunity. It may even improve your social life.

A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love.

In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help you get dates...

 Walking a dog or just caring for a pet -- for elderly people who are able -- can provide exercise and companionship. One insurance company, Midland Life Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, asks clients over age 75 if they have a pet as part of their medical screening -- which often helps tip the scales in their favor.

Go to : http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/81/97060.htm  for the expanded version of this article.

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