On Call: Research suggests pets are stress relievers


SOME OTHER CREATURE. INTERACTING WITH A PET MAY BRING SOME SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS. WHY DOES INTERACTING WITH A PET MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD? RESEARCH SUGGESTS ENGAGING WITH ANIMALS CAUSES THE RELEASE OF A STRESS-REDUCING CHEMICAL CALLED OXYTOCIN. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PETS CAN HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON BLOOD PRESSURE CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS. PLUS, OWNING A DOG OFTEN MEANS A BUILT-IN OPPORTUNITY FOR EXERCISE – WHICH BENEFITS THE ENTIRE BODY. AND SOME STUDIES ALSO SHOW THAT EXPOSURE TO CATS AND DOGS EARLY IN LIFE REDUCES THE RISK FOR DEVELOPING ALLERGIES. A NEW TWIST TO PRICE MATCHING AT

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