Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened	-Anatole France
This Thanksgiving a lot of people are going to spend time with their friends and loved ones celebrating the holiday and thinking about what they’re thankful for.  If you’re a pet owner, there’s no doubt that you love your pet and view them as a member of your own family.  At Vet Supply Source we don’t just sell veterinary supplies online, we also appreciate and honor our animal friends.  Pets do more than give us companionship, they give us far more than we realize.  After you read this post, you may want to consider being a little more generous with table scraps this Thanksgiving after you see what your pets have been doing for you over the years.
 
They fortify your children’s health

If you know someone who can’t come into your home without an hour long vacuuming marathon, the notion that owning a pet could decrease your risk of allergies may seem absurd to you.  James E. Gern is a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after doing a number of studies he found that having a pet at home can lower a child’s risk of developing allergies by as much as 33%.  Children who are exposed to animals from an early age tend to develop stronger immune systems overall, so if you have young kids you may want to re-think your “no pets” rule.

 
They can strengthen your heart
 
They say that pets fill your heart with love, but that isn’t the only positive thing your pet is doing for your cardiovascular health. The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health have conducted heart related research on people who have pets.  Pet owners were shown to have decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.  Low levels can decrease your risk for heart attacks, and generally mean that your heart is in good health.
 
They’ll help your mood
 
They say that nothing can beat the happiness you feel when a pet greets you after a long day at work, and some doctors think that the right kind of animal affection can do wonders for your mood and mind.  A study done at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people experience less stress doing stressful tasks when their pets are near them.  When you take into consideration that on average people experienced slightly more stress when they were near a family member, spouse, or close friend, it puts into perspective how much pets do to alleviate stress and improve our mood.
 
They can help manage depression
 
There are a variety of treatments available for depression, but it’s possible that the key to your depression treatment has been hiding in plain sight.  Pets offer a special kind of unconditional love and appreciation that seems to help people with depression.  Studies have shown that animals can help reduce tension and anxiety and help improve moods.  With the right treatment, pets can even help some people with mild to moderate depression dramatically improve their mood.