Grand Tapestry’s Pet-Friendly Lifestyle is Good for your Health and Well-Being
Dec 19, 2016
There are many great reasons why Tapestry is a pet-friendly 55+ community in Oklahoma City. Most importantly, we believe it’s good for our resident’s health and emotional well-being. And science and research backs us up on this!
On an emotional level, studies show that owning a pet can decrease depression, stress, and anxiety. Health-wise, having a pet can lower your blood pressure, improve your immune system, and even decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Here are just a few of the benefits that pets bring and why owning one might be just what the doctor ordered:
Keeps You Moving
Do you need a little extra push to exercise? Dogs are the perfect personal trainer! Most of them need to be walked several times a day. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) studied more than 2,000 adults and found that dog owners who walk their dogs are less likely to be obese than those who don’t own dogs.
Even if you own another type of pet, just caring for a pet provides the impetus to keep moving.
Increases Your Social Life
Although it’s not reason-enough to get a pet just for this purpose, having a pet (particularly a dog) can help you meet people.
Owning a dog increases a person’s opportunities to socialize, according to Michael Landa, CEO of natural pet food brand Nulu. “I take my dog for a two-mile walk every day, and I run into five to ten people whom I stop and talk to,” he says.
Though people sometimes can have a hard time getting to know each other, pets can be the common denominator that helps them connect.
Improves Your Mood
Pets are uplifting. Not only do they offer unconditional love, but they also give their owners a sense of purpose. Pets also provide companionship, which can boost your overall mood and bring feelings of joy and happiness.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Having a pet tends to lower blood pressure, especially in hypertensive or high-risk patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower,” says Marty Becker, DVM, veterinary consultant for Good Morning America and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual. “A lot of it goes back to reducing stress: You might lose your job, your house, your 401(k)—but you’ll never lose the unconditional love of your pet.”
Promotes Heart Health
The CDC and the NIH have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. Their studies show that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels─all of which minimize the risk for having a heart attack.
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 their owners’ overall stress levels.
These are just some of the benefits of owning a pet–there are many more.
If you don’t own a pet, you might want to consider adding one to your life. Talk to your family and friends and see if they are enjoying these benefits. If you are considering adding a pet, remember that you don’t need to spend a lot of money and get an expensive purebred. There are so many sweet dogs and cats waiting to be rescued! Research breeds and find out which breed fits your lifestyle.
If you already have a beloved pet, you know the rewards! If you own a dog, keep taking it on daily walks and enjoy our dog park. We love to see our furry residents enjoying life at Tapestry!