The Real Effects Owning A Pet Has On Your Body

We enjoy the company of many tamed animals. The fact that they are often employed in therapy and regarded as emotional support animals is no surprise.

According to a 2011 Harris Poll, 62% of Americans have had at least one pet in their house, and 91% consider their pet to be a member of the family.

Pets Can Decrease Your Stress Levels

Pet Your Stress Away programs at some institutions allow students to visit cats and dogs to help them cope with the pressures of college life.

Cortisol levels in pupils who took part in one of these programs were shown to drop significantly after just 10 minutes of hands-on time with the animals,

Pets Can Actually Improve Your Allergies

Some colleges have even started programs called "Pet Your Stress Away" where students can visit cats and dogs to help them deal with the stress of college.

Pets Can Boost Your Immune System

According to research published in Psychological Reports, petting animals can also boost your immune system by making your immune antibodies stronger.

Animals increase immunity by relieving stress. Chronic stress lowers immunity. Stress raises the likelihood of bad lifestyle choices that can help you cope, but can harm

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