By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Are you a dog lover? If you are somebody who fits that description I have good news for you.READ MORE: 6-Year-Old Girl Shot Multiple Times While Driving With Her Mom In Chester
The American Heart Association reviewed more than 30 studies exploring the health benefits of pet ownership. What they found is that pet ownership is associated with lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, and a decreased incidence of obesity. Dog owners were 54% more likely to obtain the recommended level of physical activity than non-owners.READ MORE: Southeast Delco School District Closes Schools, Offices After Possible Threat At Academy Park High School
Now for the part of the report that will get cat owners mad at me. The association did not hold in studies that looked at cats and other pets. But, then again, who walks a cat on a leash?MORE NEWS: Cell Phone Video Shows 2-Alarm Fire At Former Family Center In Camden
However, when you look at the big picture, pet ownership also seems to help the body’s cardiovascular response to stress.