It’s Pet Appreciation Day!
Grab the Pro-Treats and the car keys because June 4 is Pet Appreciation Day! A perfect opportunity for some extra spoiling. Now, we know you love and appreciate your pet every day but do you even really know why? (Aside from their adorable faces, of course.) The truth is pets have a multitude of positive effects on human health, many of which you can’t even see. Here are 5 of our favorites:
1. Perfect for kids
According to some experts, pet ownership can reduce a child’s allergy development by as much as 33% and strengthens their immune system.
2. They make us social
Pets can make us more social. Whether it’s at the dog park, or out for a quick evening stroll, who can resist not saying hello to your cute side kick?
3. Overall health
Pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than non-pet owners.
4. Keeping us fit
Owning a dog can prompt exercise; a study of 2,000 adults found that those responsible for walking their dog exercised more and were less likely to be obese.
5. Pet’s make us happy
Pets boost feel-good emotions and thwart depression and loneliness.
Don’t believe us? Research it yourself! Aside from the thousands of anecdotal stories of pets essentially saving lives, there are plenty of fact-based findings that prove how good they are for us. So the next time you go to pet, treat, or walk your animal – today and every day – just remember all the favors they’re [unknowingly] doing for you, too.
Walks. Treats. Being brushed. Car rides. Floor cuddles. An extra long fetch session… What are some your favorite ways to show your pet they’re appreciated? Share with us!