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  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 18, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    according to CNCA Health, there are similar benefits from owning pets

    Further, according to the Delta Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals, research has shown that:

    Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners
    Displaying tanks of brightly colored fish improves eating habits and curtails disruptive behavior in people with Alzheimer’s disease
    Pet owners have better psychological well-being overall, and feel less afraid of being a victim to a crime in their home
    Children exposed to pets during their first year of life have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies
    Pet ownership may decrease heart attack mortality by 3 percent
    Owning a pet (particularly a dog) helps children adjust better to serious illness or death of a parent, as well as enhances self-esteem, cognitive development and nurturing behavior