9 Science-Backed Reasons Pets Make You Healthier and Happier

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In the U.S. alone, 68 percent of households include a pet. And although you may pride yourself on giving your beloved pooch or kitty a safe, happy home, it’s not just the animal who’s reaping benefits. Pet owners, particularly those who have dogs and cats (but fish and guinea pigs are great, too!), stand to gain quite a bit from the relationship, not to mention years on their life. In fact, over the past decade alone, countless scientists have worked to discover just how our pets can boost our physical and mental health. Of course, Fido can’t cure heart disease or reverse the effects of diabetes or stand in for a certified therapist, but studies have shown that caring for an animal still does some serious good.

Read on to better understand the science-backed reasons pets make people healthier and happier.

Related: 13 Simple Things You Can Do to Show Your Pet You Love Them

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