Adding a Dog to Your Family

ADDING A DOG TO YOUR FAMILY

Pets as Family

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, have a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Sixty percent of households include a dog.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, these are some of the health benefits of having a pet:

  • Decreased blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor time
  • Increased opportunities for socializing