How Do Pets Improve Your Health?
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” - Colette
You often hear people say that pets are good for your health and some studies show that having pets may indeed be good for your health. Coming home to a wagging tail or soft purrs is indeed something that can make you feel good, calm, and happy. You only have positive emotions when it comes to your pet. Pets often give you their unconditional love, acceptance, and loyalty. They are always there for you and this special bond does a lot to your mental health. They can help improve your physical health as well, Here’s how:
Promotes heart health
According to research, pet owners are less likely to have a stroke or heart attack than those who don’t have a pet. Aside from that, several studies showed that having a pet can lower the pet owner’s cholesterol level, triglycerides, and blood pressure.
Pets have a calming effect that lowers your stress level. Be it patting, petting, playing, or just watching your pet sleep can have an immediate soothing effect.
Improves socializing skills
Having a pet is a great way to connect with other people. Interacting and engaging in conversations with other people come easily when you have a pet. People feel that a person with a pet looks more approachable and friendly. Going to pet events, the park, the beach, walking your dog, or just waiting for your turn at the vet can pave the way to make new friends who share the same interests and love for pets.
Provides motivation and a sense of purpose
Having a pet gives you a sense of purpose and motivates you to fulfill your role in taking care of your furry friend. It develops your sense of responsibility, making sure that your pet eats on time, take a bath, exercise, and visit the vet are just some of the task you have to learn.
Improves physical fitness
Having a pet increases your opportunities to move, stretch, and exercise. Cleaning after your pet, walking your dog, playing with your cat, or making them your exercise buddies can be a lot of fun and at the same time help you get fit.
Improves your mood
Spending just a few minutes with your dog or cat can actually lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol in your body and increase the level of serotonin, a chemical that makes you feel good.
Several studies have shown that infants 6 months and below who were exposed to pets are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, and some upper respiratory infections. Aside from that, it’s been observed that children who grew up with cats, dogs, or farm animals usually have a better immune system and have less risk of having eczema or asthma.
Supports emotional development in children
Kids who grow up in a household with pets tend to have higher self-esteem and confidence. Having a positive relationship with a pet can help to develop a trusting and sincere relationship with other people. It can also aid in developing compassion, empathy, and non-verbal; communication skills.
Satisfies a human’s need for touch
Humans have a need for touch. Physical contact can make you feel better. A slight pat or a simple caress can make your heart rate drop to normal and a little nudge or light paw tap can make you feel loved.
Having a pet comes with a lot of benefits but it’s important to choose the right pet that would suit your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
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