• Laura O’nan

Pets are good for your heart

February is all about hearts and happiness. We celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy, cards, and love, but did you know February is also American Heart Month? Not only do cats and dogs make your heart feel warm and fuzzy, science suggests having a pet can improve your overall heart health. Studies from the American Heart Association have shown that owning a companion animal can help ward off heart disease. These same studies have also found that having a pet can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

A new pet will bring small changes to your daily routine but this change to life style can drastically improve your overall health. As a dog owner, you are more likely to get up and move for daily walks, a favorite game of fetch, or a quick potty break in the back yard. These small bouts of exercise are beneficial to you and your dog’s heart health. Owning a cat can be quite different, but just like dogs they are great companion animals that serve as therapeutic comforters. They bring security to you and your home, thus, reducing stress and lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure.

While your health may benefit from having a pet companion in your life, the new member of the family will be benefiting from you as well.

Animals that live in a shelter environment tend to be more stressed. Living in an adoption center can be loud and overstimulating, which can keep them on edge and impact their health. Once the animal is adopted, the stress they once had drops drastically over the next few days as they learn to settle into the new home environment. No one loves you more unconditionally than your family pet. Help change the life of a new dog or cat today, and they will do the same for you.

Do not hesitate, today is the day to start living a little healthier. Adopt a new family member in honor of American Heart Month. The enjoyment that comes from a loving animal is well worth the small adoption fee. There are many cats and dogs here at Woodford Humane Society just waiting to help their new family start living a happier, healthier life.

Stop in at Woodford Humane Society today and improve your health by adopting a new companion for your family. Feel free to call our Adoption Center at859-873-5491 or go to woodfordhumane.org to view our adoptable pets. Your heart will thank you.

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