Pets are good for our healthBy: Dr. Jack StephensUS Pet Insurance FounderPresident and FounderPets Best InsuranceIt’s that...
Aquariums have also been shown to improved patients’ eating habits and help them maintaintheir weight, which tends to be a...
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Pets are good for our health

  1. 1. Pets are good for our healthBy: Dr. Jack StephensUS Pet Insurance FounderPresident and FounderPets Best InsuranceIt’s that time of the year again– the monththat we all decide we’re going to behealthier, more fit and turn our livesaround! Perhaps your resolution will be tolose weight, get your blood pressure incheck, or sign up your furry friend for apet insurance policy. But doctor visits andmedications aside, did you know there is amore simple way to get your health in order that involves your pet?Think of how much you look forward to interacting with your pet or how fast you hurry home toplay with them at the end of the day. Think of all the things you do for them that you might notdo or even allow from your spouse! It may be ok for your dog to “hog” the bed– but not yoursignificant other!The reason we have such affection for our pets is biological. Interacting with our pets releaseshormones that make you feel good, increases neurotransmitters, reduces your blood pressure andreduces stress hormones– all of which have positive biological impacts to us. Pets not only playimportant roles in our lives, but they make us feel better too.Overall, pet owners tend to be less lonely, have higher self-esteem and are more social than nonpet owners. Studies have shown that pet owners recover from illnesses faster and are dischargedfrom hospitals sooner than non pet owners.Studies have also shown that pet-owning patients experience less pain than those who don’t ownpets. Additionally, people with pets end up getting more exercise, likely because they incorporatetheir dog into their exercise program.I have personally recommended pets to people who were on anti-depressants due to life changes.Shortly after obtaining a pet, many of the pet owners determined they no longer had a need fortheir prescription medications. Though I advise they talk with their doctor before making anysuch change, it’s interesting to think that interacting with pets can help people manage theirhealth.These were people who had either recently lost a long-time spouse or had anxiety about anupcoming surgery. Even something as non interactive as fish tanks in senior care facilities,especially Alzheimer units, have been shown to greatly reduce anxiety.Pet insurance plans are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company. SS-ART6-0212-IAIC/AICC
  2. 2. Aquariums have also been shown to improved patients’ eating habits and help them maintaintheir weight, which tends to be an issue for those afflicted with Alzheimers. Staff have evenreported less “incidents” by patients when a pets are present in the facility.Doctors are increasingly harnessing the power of pets to make a positive difference. They nowunderstand that pets keep people happy and healthy and provide positive biological benefits–something us pet owners have known all along. For more information about how pets can benefityou and how you can help keep them healthy in return, visit Pets Best Insurance.Pet insurance plans are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company. SS-ART6-0212-IAIC/AICC

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