Series title: "Take a Hike"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels -- all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets' tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners' overall stress levels. If you can't own a dog consider volunteering at your local shelter to take advantage of the health benefits of being around animals!
** Models: Prissy and Leticia ** Submitted by: Quincy Animal Shelter **