From reducing stress to boosting activity, learn how pets can help support overall well-being.

Dogs, Cats and pets can help support our blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

Throughout history, our lives have been enriched by the presence of remarkable companions. Dogs, cats, horses, and various other creatures have been steadfast allies, offering unwavering support through the ages. Yet, their significance transcends mere companionship; they are, in fact, unsung champions of our wellness, embodying the very essence of pets and wellness intertwined. Animals have been living alongside humans as companions for thousands of years, with evidence of cats and dogs as domestic companions dating back over 2000 years. This relationship has evolved from one where animals merely provided a service to humans, to a symbiotic bond with mutual benefits for both pets and their human counterparts, enhancing both our lives and our wellness journey.

Husband and wife happily walking their dog on a foggy day, showcasing the joy of pet companionship in any weather.

Pets and Wellness

Increased activity level for owners

This is especially true for dog owners but can apply to any pet owner. Whether this comes in the form of walking your dog, having play sessions with your cat or spending time outside with your horse, the presence of a pet (or pets) can help get you up and moving. Living a sedentary lifestyle is a known risk factor for various negative health conditions including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Longer life

A 2019 study¹ published in the American Heart Association journal showed that dog owners had a 24% reduction in death including death due to heart disease.


The same study looking at longer life in dog owners also theorized that dog owners live longer because of the presence of a furry four legged friend in the home. Pets of all types can provide a non-judgmental ear to listen to your problems and they seem to know just when you need that extra attention.

Better mental health

Many studies have highlighted the positive impact pets have on enhancing our overall wellness, particularly in mental well-being. The simple presence of a pet in the home can foster a sense of calm and significantly boost social interactions, a vital aspect as our lives increasingly shift online. This connection with our furry friends not only soothes the mind but also strengthens our bonds with the community, underscoring the multifaceted benefits of pet ownership for personal wellness.

Assistance in day to day life

We have long known about the benefits of seeing eye dogs for the Blind. But did you know that there are seizure and diabetic alert dogs? How about dogs and other animals to help people with autism or PTSD? There are therapeutic horse riding camps for children, showing that it isn’t just small animals that can help humans.

Decreased allergies in children

This benefit may seem counterintuitive initially. But studies³ have shown that babies and children who live with a pet in their younger years can have decreased reports of allergies and allergic reactions throughout their youth. There is even a suggestion that the more pets you have, the more protection against allergies!

Opportunity for children to learn about compassion and care for others

Encouraging children to be compassionate to those around them can be encouraged by the presence of pets. An animals’ tendency towards unconditional love can provide positive feedback to a child experiencing difficult situations. All ages of children can learn about how to care for others through a pet in their life

Canadian research has unveiled the uplifting influence of having furry companions on our health journey. A fascinating study featured in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology4  explores the diverse perks of pet ownership, shining a spotlight on their stress-relieving qualities and contributions to heart health. This research emphasizes how our four-legged friends bring a soothing vibe to our lives, becoming vital contributors to our overall well-being. Notably, the study nods to their positive effects on blood pressure, showcasing the holistic benefits of having pets by our side.

From Stress Relief to Wellness Wonders: The Mutual Benefits of Pet Companionship

This is not to say that there aren’t benefits to the pets as well. Things have undoubtedly come a long way since we started domesticating animals all those years ago. Pets now enjoy a much more pampered lifestyle, living indoors with their owners (okay, maybe not the larger animals) and having their needs met with nutritious foods and social interactions with their people and other animals. They are more than mere pets; they are cherished members of our family. The veterinary industry has recognized the importance of this bond and offers advanced certification in the study of the human-animal bond so that they can help to encourage its growth.

Let’s be grateful

In our quest for supplements, herbal remedies, and vitamins to aid in blood pressure management, it’s enlightening to discover that pets can be a natural ally in maintaining our cardiovascular wellness and blood pressure levels. This realization comes with the added advantage of numerous mental and physical wellness benefits, enriching our holistic approach to health.

As we celebrate the partnership between humans and animals, let us not forget that this bond is a reciprocal one. Together, we have embarked on an extraordinary journey of mutual support, enhancing each other’s lives in countless ways. Whether it’s through increased activity, improved mental health, or the simple joy of companionship, our pets are our partners in wellness, and the benefits they bring are immeasurable.

So, let’s continue to cherish and nurture this unique bond, it is a source of enrichment, joy, and well-being for all.

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Important Information

Always consult with your healthcare provider before making changes to your blood pressure management plan. PreCardix® does not treat, cure, or prevent medical conditions. Measure and monitor blood pressure regularly. Know the signs of heart attack and stroke.

Do not take PreCardix® if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have renal artery stenosis, have a history of angioneurotic edema, or have a shellfish allergy. Consult product guidelines for additional information. Print and share the product monograph with your healthcare provider.

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1. Caroline K. Kramer, Sadia Mehmood and Renée S. Suen published8 Oct 2019 Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2019;12:e005554
2. Herzog, H. (2011). The impact of pets on human health and psychological well-being: fact, fiction, or hypothesis Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(4), 236-239.
3. Hesselmar B, Åberg N, Åberg B, Eriksson B, Björkstén B. Does early exposure to cat or dog protect against later allergy development? Clinical and experimental allergy. 1999;29:611–7. pmid:10231320
4. Raina P, Waltner-Toews D, Bonnett B, Woodward C, Abernathy T. (1999) Influence of companion animals on the physical and psychological health of older people: an analysis of a one-year longitudinal study. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 90(2), 88-92.

Dr. Cassandra Struke-Conrad, DVM