If you’re going back and forth and unsure whether to make the commitment and get yourself a pet, then maybe this list could help you. Pets make excellent companions, but as well as this, they are also good for your health, your mood, and your well-being too. When modern-day lifestyles are so hectic, it might seem like having a pet is too much, something else to add into your life, something else to think about, to spend money on, and to worry about. While all of this is true, the benefits of having a pet can have can outweigh these negatives. For example, domesticated animals are great stress-fighters, they are good for helping you to unwind, and it is rare to become a victim of a dog attack as they are very amiable animals. Going out for a walk with your dog or playing with your cat allows you to disconnect from the world. Having a pet is a fantastic addition to your life, and here’s why:
They Keep You Active
Dogs can improve your cardiovascular health, and according to studies, people who regularly walk their dogs are more physically active and less likely to become obese than people who don’t own or walk a dog. Elderly people who also walk their dogs regularly have been found to walk faster than those who don’t own a dog, and these elderly dog owners are also more mobile when they’re at home.
They Relieve Stress
At the end of a stressful day, there’s nothing better than coming home to have a cuddle with your pet. This is because pets have an amazing calming effect on you and can help to decrease your cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone that your body releases when you experience stress, so if you want to keep it down, then get a pet.
They Help With Allergies
If that’s not reason enough, then what about this? Your pet can help you and your kids to develop an immunity to allergens. Many people think that you would get more allergies if you have pets when actually the opposite is true.
They Help To Give You A Healthy Heart
Did you know that if you stroke a dog or cat, then this will lower your blood pressure? Studies have also shown that having a pet may lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart failure too.
They Can Increase Your Social Life
If you get yourself a pet because you want companionship, then you can bet that you’ll soon start making new friends too. Taking your dog out for a walk regularly, you will find that you see the same people, other dog owners will talk to you as your dog interacts with theirs. Having a pet can also enhance social skills in children living with autism, and many animal-assisted therapy programs for ASD have even started to include animals such as dolphins and horses to develop social skills in people with an autism spectrum disorder.
There’s so much more to owning a pet than you may have once thought, they benefit us in so many ways, so it’s only sensible to look after them and give them the lives they deserve.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.