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Puppy in BagFor those who currently own pets or those who are thinking about getting a pet, you may be surprised at the health benefits that having a pet offer. Having a pet has a positive effect on both emotional and physical health.

Owning a pet can reduce the risk of depression. Animals provide companionship and comfort, reducing loneliness and raising your overall mood. One research study showed that nursing home residents were less lonely when visited by dogs than when visited by people. The unconditional love from a pet can create very comfortable silences, allowing for complete relaxation.

Owning a pet is also associated with decreased blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides and an increase in exercise. A study of 48 stockbrokers who were already taking blood pressure medicine showed that after 24 stockbrokers were given a pet, their blood pressure dropped significantly compared to the 24 who were not given a pet. If your pet is a dog, studies show that you walk more on average than those without a dog. Also, those who walk dogs make more eye contact with the people around them than those who walk without a dog.

Appreciate the benefits of pet ownership and allow yourself to relax and reduce your stress by interacting with your pet.If you do not have a pet, consider whether one fits into your lifestyle. Pets do require attention and interaction to be happy and healthy. Also, as we are thinking about our pets, protect them during the summer months by never leaving them in a car and bringing them inside when the outside temperature gets too hot. If your pet spends most of its time outside, provide shade and plenty of fresh water. Taking good care of our pets helps them take care of us.

We can help you find a health insurance policy that fits your needs and budget. Contact TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 for more information on Indiana health insurance.
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