ABC News — If you have a pet, it may be having a very powerful effect on your life, even if you’re not aware of it.
Director of Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction Rebecca Johnson has been studying the effects of the ways animals act around their owners. She says people who own pets tend to have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Johnson also said, “A powerful neurochemical, oxytocin, is released when we look at our companion animal, which brings feelings of joy. It’s also accompanied by a decrease in cortisol, a stress hormone.
Your four-legged friend can also boost your fitness, reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, and they could even prevent allergies in children.