Pets, other than bringing happiness and companionship to our lives, offer many health benefits. Growing up with pets reduces the likelihood of developing allergies to them. Pets help promote a healthy lifestyle by keeping us active, which improves heart health. Pet owners also tend to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure which can decrease the risk of having a heart attack. Those people who have had heart attacks and own pets have better recovery rates. Playing with your pet can increase serotonin and dopamine levels, leading to improved mood and less likely occurrence of depression. People with pets even visit the doctor less often. So how will your pet help you today?