50 Ways to Stay Well #32- Get a Pet!

My dogs enrich my life so much! Many households in Canada have a pet, or they at least have kids begging for that cute little puppy. The reason people have pet’s vary, but research shows that pet can help your health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

Pets can decrease your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Feelings of loneliness

Pets can increase your:

  • Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Opportunities for socialization

Makes sense. Fido needs to be walked and what better way to pass the time than go for a walk with a friend and his/her pooch?

Tired boys

Did you also know that having a pet can increase immunity and prevent allergies in children? A study found that children ages 5 to 7 from pet-owning households attend school three weeks more per year than those who don’t have pets. The dander on the hair is a natural immunotherapy. Getting a pet as an adult will not minimize allergies, it only helps prevent certain allergies from developing in children

If allergies are preventing you from getting a pet there are options. Hairless cats do exist (though they look weird) and there are breeds of dogs such as poodles who don’t shed.


Lethbridge Animal Shelter (City of Lethbridge)

Windy City Rescue (Lethbridge)

Lethbridge Humane Society


10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet (Woman’s Day)

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health (WebMD)

The health benefits and risks of pet ownership (Harvard Health Publications)


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