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Want to Own a Pet? It's Good for Your Health!

By Donna Stark 

There is truly nothing better than coming home from work or school and being welcomed by a sweet, four-legged friend. Whether you are feeling on top of the world or at your absolute worst, you can always count on the comfort and support a pet provides, but that's not all a pet can do. In addition to their loyal companionship, a pet can also bring a variety of health benefits to your life! Take a look at a few of the ways your life can be improved simply by choosing to own and love one. 

Encourages Physical Activity

While some of our furry pets don't do much to increase our levels of exercise, there are still several that do! Horses, dogs, you name it. If you can get it to go on a walk or to trot in a field, or if you can teach it to catch a ball or Frisbee, you won't have to worry about getting your exercise in. Why? Because they will demand it! This could very well be the most beneficial reason for getting a pet if you struggle with finding the motivation to stay physically active.

Fights Allergies and Strengthens Immunity

Did you know that pets can help the body build immunity against allergens? It's true! If you have a pet in the home starting at a young age, you are less likely to be allergic to the same type of animals later on in life. This can help prevent a lot of sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Want to reduce stress and increase the joy in your life? Get a pet! Just like little children, pets have an uncanny ability to bring tremendous amounts of companionship and happiness into our days. Whether we are laughing at their shenanigans, holding them in our laps, or playing with them at the park, we will continuously reap the benefits.

Strengthens Immunity

Want to know a little secret? Growing up with a pet can also help strengthen your body's immunity! By reducing stress levels, getting you outside in the sun (Hello, Vitamin D!), and increasing your physical activity, it's easy to see the impact a pet can have on your overall health and wellness. Who knew that a four-legged creature can do so much for the body?

Owning a Pet Can Do Amazing Things for Your Well-Being

Are you ready to improve your overall mental and physical health while also adding some additional joy to your life? It may be time to consider adopting a pet then! You won't regret making this decision.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Sacramento, Calif.

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