- Studies show people with dogs exercise more on average than those without
- Pets also reduce stress and boost your self-esteem
- Having a pet early in life may protect you from allergies, research shows
Dr. Townshend is a veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food and contributing author for "Canine Sports Medicine." He established the Eastern Shore Animal Hospital in his hometown of Chestertown, Maryland.
(CNN)February 20 is Love Your Pet Day! The benefits of having a pet extend well beyond companionship, and sometimes our furry friends don't receive the credit that's due.