Studies have actually proven that simply petting an animal on a regular bases can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks!!!! Not only this but really....when we are having a ROTTEN day, who is the most unconditional???? Our family or our pets??? 9 times out of 10, REGARDLESS of what we have done....the DOG (or cat, or pot belly pig or....) wags their tail and has a NATURAL way of lifting our spirits. Natural stress releasers. This in itself, in my opinion, reduces the risk of disease...when we feel good inside...our organs seem to function that much better!!!
So....love your animals, it is natural for them to love you!!!