Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Don't have a pet? Maybe it's time to get one.

Many studies have proven that having a soft cat or a warm dog is good for the human soul.

"Scientists have noticed that owning and handling animals significantly benefits health. Research has found that pets may help older adults live longer, healthier and more enjoyable lives," said Renette Wardlow, a human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension

There are a number of explanations for exactly how pets offer health benefits. First of all, pets need walking, feeding, grooming, and encourage lots of playing and petting. All of these activities require action from owners, which in turn, benefits the cardiovascular system and helps keep joints limber and flexible.

"Consistently performing this minor exercise can keep pet owners able to carry out the normal activities of daily living," said Wardlow.

Read more about the benefits of owning a pet