A recent study at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations after they adopted than those who did not own a pet.
Walking with a pet also helps to sooth nerves and offers instant relaxation. Studies from all over the world including the Waltham Cenre for Pet Nutrition in the UK, have shown that stressful situations impact pet owners, especially males, less than those who do not own a pet.
Research shows that pet owners may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, giving a measure of protection from heart disease because pets provide people with faithful companionship.
Its also a documented fact that pet ownersactually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions than those who don't own pets.
Maybe the phrase should be "pat two puppies a day to keep the doctor away!"