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Can getting a pet to have a positive impact on your life? Many pet owners enjoy the value of having a loyal companion in their life. A couple of studies explored ways pets can improve the quality of our lives.  Reports from these studies show that pet can improve our well being and health.

In this article, we are going to be looking at how having a cat or a dog can improve the quality of your life.

Mood support

Pets can help to reduce anxiety, depression and other mood problems. The simple act of petting your dog or brushing your cat makes you feel better. Some hardcore criminals have changed for the better after interacting with a pet. Many psychiatrists bring their pet to the office (dog and cat) to make their patient feel more at ease and relaxed.

Stress management

Mood support is not the only benefit you are going to enjoy when you have a pet. Even the slightest contact with a pet can have a calming effect. Cat and dogs can tell when you are stressed out. They are able to determine our stress level because they have the ability to sense chemical changes in our body. People who work in pet-friendly offices are known to have low-stress levels.

Low blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common problem in our society; it is caused by environmental stress, occupational stress and so on. That said, stress and high blood pressure can take a toll on our health. Owning a pet can drastically lower your blood pressure.

A study that was conducted at the University of Buffalo, evaluated the effect of social support system from pet on several groups. The result of the test shows that pets can help reduce blood pressure.

There are a lot of things people with high blood pressure could do to improve the condition. They can start with eating right (balanced diet), reducing their stress level and get plenty of exercises. They also should consider owning a pet. Drastic lifestyle changes are often the best way to address high blood pressure.

Final note

The bottom line is that pet plays a very important role in our lives. They improve our mood, keep us safe, and lower our stress level and blood pressure. While getting and taking care of a pet is challenging, its benefits are endless.