Did you know that your dogs and cats are taking care of you while you take care of them? Pets can help us socialize, provide comfort when we need it, and keep us more active. In addition to all these things though, studies have also shown actual health benefits linked to owning pets.

Less allergies 

Studies have shown that children who grow up with pets in the home are less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those without pets. The more types of pets and the younger children are exposed to pet dander, the better.

It is important to note that introducing pets into the household will not take allergies away that have already developed.

Improved heart health

We all love our pets, that much is true. But while they fill our hearts with love, they’re actually improving our overall heart health. 

There have been several studies that show owning pets can lower your blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease. And while studies aren’t completely clear about a connection to cholesterol, some scientists think there is a link showing pets can help that too. 

Reduced stress

On an emotional and mental level, pets really help us out. Who here isn’t able to say a time (or many) that their pet has been there when no one else was?

They can comfort us when we are down or provide a nice listening ear when we need to vent. Pets do such a great job at helping us emotionally that they are often trained as therapy animals for children and adults.

After all they do for us, we really hope we’re doing all we can to help them too. One of our biggest reasons for starting Essentials PetCare was to give all pets (and their families) access to preventive pet care. Preventive care is proven to help extend the life of cats and dogs, helping them stick around to help you in return. It’s the perfect circle of caring, and we love it!