Animals can enrich our lives in so many ways. In fact, research results have shown having a pet may improve your health.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the companionship of pets may help decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness. Caring for a pet may also increase your opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.
For some people, animals can be the means to a fuller life. Therapy animals may help people undergoing difficult medical treatments or with post traumatic stress disorder, autism or other emotional- and/or neurological-development disorders. Service dogs and hearing dogs can enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
And, while pets can improve our lives and health, it’s important that we also care for their health and well-being.
While every dog and cat has individual needs, there are some basics all pet parents should know.
Dogs and cats are very susceptible to ticks and tick-borne diseases.Learn more
Pets can pick up fleas wherever an infestation exists.Learn more
Make sure that your pet doesn't stray from home – and if it does, that it is reunited with you.Learn more