The American Heart Association (AHA) is giving the pet category a lift, perhaps at the very right time.
The AHA released a “scientific statement” in May stating that owning a dog or a cat may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It stated that owning these types of pets was associated with beneficial cardiovascular effects, including increased physical activity, favorable lipid profiles, lower blood pressure and diminished sympathetic responses to stress. Owning a pet also improves autonomic tone and leads to improved survival after an acute coronary syndrome.
That is great news. That little piece of advice is just what the doctor ordered for the retail pet industry.