If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, we think it’s officially time to make the plunge. Although it’s a huge responsibility, owning a pet can improve your life significantly. Don’t believe us? Well, we have science to back it up!
That’s right, ABC 23 spoke with pet expert Robert Semrow, who has some scientific reasoning behind why you should adopt a pet. And guess what? A lot of the reasoning has to do with your health.
According to Semrow, having a dog or cat can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. To expand on that, the American Heart Association says that pets not only make their owners healthier, say by making them exercise more than they would, but also, pets “play a role in providing social support to their owners, which is an important factor in helping you stick with a new habit or adopting a new healthy behavior.”
Also, if you’re feeling stressed by doing certain tasks around the house, Semrow says your pet will make those tasks less stressful than if your spouse was home (but no, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get married…)
And what’s even more incredible, is that pets can sniff out dangers. We’re talking about things that you and even your doctor might not suspect such as cancer and diabetes. They can also sniff out dangerous allergens and alert you by barking or meowing.
So you see, adopting a pet could save your life… not just theirs. Head over to ABC 23 for more.