Jovi the Dog

Celebrate National Pet Day With These 6 Surprising Facts!

There are two types of people in this world: people with pets and people we don't trust. We're kidding, of course... kinda. 

All jokes aside, whether you already have a pet or perhaps you're on the fence – there are some legit health benefits behind parenting fur babies. Which is exactly why we put together this quick list of ways pets can support, improve, and ultimately benefit your physical and emotional health. Let's dive in:

  1. Pets, please!
    Studies show that when you pet your, um, pets – your heart rate slows down, your breathing relaxes, and your blood pressure decreases. 

  2. Seeing eye-to-eye
    Making eye contact with your pet releases a hormone that makes you happy. That's science, baby!

  3. Go for a walk
    Pet owners, particularly dog owners, are generally more active. Pets help you get outside, take a few extra steps, and enjoy the fresh air!

  4. Feeling social
    You're never alone when you have a pet. Plus, pet owners tend to be more social in terms of connecting with other pet owners in the community. 

  5. Animal therapy
    Pet parents are less likely to experience depression, anxiety, stress, and other mood disorders. Plus, pets add structure to your day in the form of feeding, walking, and much-needed snuggies. 

  6. We <3 pets
    Pet owners have lower cholesterol levels – a contributor to heart disease. Plus, did you know that heart attack patients with pets live longer than those without?


When it comes down to it, we don't deserve pets – they are too pure and wonderful for this world. So whether you're a dog person, cat person, bird person, or have a gymnasium of hamster tubes running through your house, give those good boys and girls some extra love today!


Updated April 8, 2022

navigator access center

Contact Virtua

A Personal Health Navigator can help you find a doctor, schedule appointments or classes, and help you find a service or location.

888-VIRTUA-3 Live Chat

You may also like

How Does Addiction Work and Can You Prevent It? - Virtua Article

How Does Addiction Work and Can You Prevent It?

Substance use disorder, known as addiction, is a brain disease, not a lack of willpower to quit using harmful substances. Learn about the warning signs and available help.

Read More
young Asian woman smiling at date

5 Tips on How to Look at the Bright Side of Life

There's good reason to look in the bright side! Studies have shown that optimism can reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Here are five tips to help you feel more positive.

Read More
Decluttering Opening Slide - Real Talk

Spring Cleaning: Declutter Yourself From the Outside In

Don't let clutter overwhelm you. Virtua psychiatric nurse practitioner, Kerry Echavarria, and certified professional organizer, Deborah Cabral, offer advice for decluttering your home and your mind in this Real Talk! webinar.

Watch Video
Showing 3 of 18