The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Spotlight: Pets and Health

Last updated: June 2018

Did you know that February 20, 2017 is #LoveYourPet Day? So, this month's spotlight feature is on pets and health. We're sharing info on how pets can impact living with MS, things to consider when owning a pet, and how you can care for your pet when you are not feeling so well.

There's nothing better than watching a funny cat Youtube video or getting snuggles from your pet. But did you know that there are actual health benefits to pet ownership?

If you #LoveYourPet, we've got something for you to check out. Follow us on Twitter to talk about how your pet helps YOU. Use the hashtag #LoveYourPet and tweet us about how your pet helps you each day. Don’t have a pet stay tuned, our daily articles may give some tips!

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