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Pets improve your health!

This might seem unreal, but according to recent studies animals can improve your health in more ways than one!

Cats and dogs are good for your heart

Could owning a dog or cat keep your heart healthy? Research has shown that the long-term benefits of owning a pet include protection of your heart and reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. Over the 20 years of one study, people who had never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had. Another study showed that dog owners had a significantly better survival rate one year after a heart attack than those who did not own a dog. Overall, pet owners have a lower risk of dying from any cardiac disease, including heart failure.

Cats and dogs are good for your cholesterol levels

Normally you need to have a strict diet, exercise and take medication to keep your cholesterol level low. But owning a dog or a cat has the potential of making it easier to avoid the dangers of cholesterol. There are lower noted levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people who own pets compared to people who don't.

Fewer allergies and a stronger immunity for children

Researchers have found that kids growing up in a home with four-legged furry friends will have less risk of allergies and asthma. A study also shows that babies who are living in a home with a dog are healthier in general, require fewer antibiotics and suffer from fewer respiratory in their first year of life.

These are just a few points where pets can help you keep healthy. They can keep you in better physical fitness, keep you participating in daily exercise and enhance your mood as well!!

There is a good place to find your new fur-ever friend who keeps you healthy and will improve your health. It's called Animal Anti Cruelty League in Epping, a non-profit organisation that does not receive a subsidy from the government and has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956.

It is the second biggest independent animal welfare organization in South Africa! Have a look at their four legged friends that are still waiting for a new fur-ever home!!

Click here to go through every Epping pets profile and find your perfect new friend. Give them a look and call the office on 021 534 6426 for more info.

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