For those of us who own a pet (or rather, have a pet that owns us) we know that there are major perks. Aside from being our best friends, pets can also help us lead healthier and happier lives.

With the state of the economy these last 5 years, it's not surprising that the number of households that become petless increased to 2.8 million. That's the first decline in over 15 years!

While yes, pets can be expensive (finding the right food, veterinary care, pet beds, etc.) we can assure you - they're SO worth it. Here's a great infographic from Masters in Healthcare showing just a few of the great benefits of having a pet.

Perks of Pets Infographic
How does your pet enrich your life? Leave us a comment below!