If you follow this blog or own a pet or two then you already know the countless benefits associated with pet ownership: lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lessening feelings of loneliness, etc., not to mention increasing opportunities for socialization. Plus, starting a dialogue with our furry friends will have a transformative effect on us.
These benefits are definitely priceless, and there are some legitimate financial benefits associated with owning a pet, especially if recent research is correct. It all has to do with healthcare costs.
According to this Fox News article from December 31, 2015, “A new report by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation highlights and quantifies the healthcare savings resulting from pet ownership, in real dollars with meaningful economic impact.”
Yes, in a country where healthcare is as divisive an issue as they come, pet ownership may just be the thing that that keeps you healthy but also saving you money. Fox News continues, “HARBRI conservatively estimates reduction in physician office visits produces savings of about $11.4 billion per year as compared to non-pet-owners. That’s billions saved thanks to man’s best friend.”
There is an obvious connection between our well being and that of the pets in our lives. Our hearts open up when we’re in the presence of our pets, and that little opening is all that it takes for the positivity of the world to squeeze in and lift up our souls. It sounds almost too simple, but if you own or have ever owned a pet, you know what I’m saying is true. It’s a feeling you cannot replicate. And it seems that this feeling is helping with our bank accounts, too.