There have now been numerous studies reporting that pets can have tremendous medical benefits. While no one knows exactly why pets have these benefits, the benefits are indisputable.
Pets can increase long-term survival rates of heart attack victims. They cause the reduction of blood pressure in just 10 minutes, the lowering of cholesterol levels, as well as allergy and asthma levels in children. Even children with autism have more positive social behaviors having a pet.
In addition, having a pet increases children's self-esteem, and reduces the stress and depression levels of AIDS patient's stress and depression levels. Further, 70% of families reported an increase in family happiness and fun after acquiring a pet.