The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Have you been thinking about picking up that adorable fur baby that you have always wanted? Well I have got good news for you… Owning a pet has an extremely positive effect on humans and actually improves general health.

The most rewarding things is that your new fur baby is not only are they the cutest, but they can aid your wellness is so many different ways….

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in difficult situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension brought a dog into their home, their blood pressure decreased significantly within five months.
  • Playing with a dog or cat can raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, this calms and relaxes your body and mind.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
  • While people with pets often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate

One of the main reasons a pet can produce these therapeutic effects is that pets fulfil the basic human need for touch. An experiment of incarcerated criminals shows long-term changes in behaviour after interacting with pets, this may be due to them receiving affection for the first time.

Having a loving presence you can cuddle and play with can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. Dogs require exercise therefore you will be getting up and walking more, which will ultimately boost your mood and ease depression.

If you are tight for space, there are plenty of species of companion pets that thrive in a small area. You aren’t being stripped of your opportunity to be a fur mama, but before looking into a pet make sure you can full fill all their needs, including their behavioural, physical and environmental requirements. As well as if you have a large area. Just make sure you can take care of their wellness as much as they will take care of yours.

If you aren’t ready to have your own pet you can still ask if you can ask your neighbours or families dogs. Or, on the other hand animal shelters are normally always looking for a little help. You can go and spend a few hours a week helping animals that need you.

SophiaWritten by Sophia Ivory

Curly hair and she don’t care, this stylish babe plays by her own rules. With a love for dance and all things body positive, you’ll usually find her searching out the latest fashion trends and digging through local thrift stores. Word of warning, don’t bring your dachshund around her, she’ll want to keep it.

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