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Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption web service, is striving to spread the word about the health benefits of pet ownership. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but did you know that pets can also be a baby boomer’s best medicine? Check out some of these amazing facts that prove how pet ownership can boost overall health and wellness:

Lower Your Blood Pressure With A Beagle:
A recent study at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than those who did not own a pet. (Source: Dr. Karen Allen, State University of New York at Buffalo)

Stress Less... Walk A Weimaraner:
According to an international study, just walking with a furry friend helps calm frayed nerves, offering instant relaxation. Studies conducted worldwide have shown that the impact of a stressful situation is less on pet owners, especially males, than on those who do not own a pet. (Source: Josephine M. Wills, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, United Kingdom)

Prevent Heart Disease With A Poodle:
Because pets provide people with faithful companionship, research shows they may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, and therefore a measure of protection from heart disease. (Source: National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)

Beat The Blues With A Canine Or Feline:
When seniors face adversity, affection from pets takes on great meaning. Pets, by giving unconditional love, help fight depression and loneliness, and promote an interest in life. Their bonding behavior can also foster a sense of security. (Source: Between Pets and People - The Importance of Animal Companionship)

Survive A Heart Attack... Adopt An Afghan:
A study by the U.S. Department of Health concluded that 28% of heart patients who have pets survive serious heart attacks, compared to only 6% of heart patients without pets. (Source: Ontario Veterinary Medical Association)

Switch From Lipitor To Labrador:
Studies show that the cholesterol levels of pet owners are 2% lower than the cholesterol levels of people without pets. Plus, pet owners reduce their risk of having a heart attack by 4%. (Source: Ontario Veterinary Medical Association)

More Time With A Dalmatian Means Less Time With The Doctor:
A U.S. survey of 1,000 Medicare patients showed that 40% of the elderly sought the services of a doctor less frequently than those without animal companions. (Source: Ontario Veterinary Medical Association)
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