Why Are Pets Good For Your Health?

Much has been written and spoken about the value of having pets in the home.  So why are pets good for your health?

For example, in some cases having a pet in the home can actually help a child from developing some allergies and develop stronger immune systems.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

When a child is brought up with pets, it is less likely they will develop allergies to animals. As they grow up they will have more self-confidence and a better self-image because of the responsibilities they are given with feeding, caring for and playing with their pets. They will be a more compassionate and caring person.

A pet can help improve your socialization skills as you meet and interact with other pet owners. You may meet others at training classes where others are trying to train their pet with the same parenting skills or you may interact with others at a dog park.

Pet owners enjoy sharing information about their pets good or bad. So if you are shy, share your pets stories with others and you will find how other pet owners or lover of pets will listen and begin a conversation sharing their information that may be similar or even more hilarious than yours.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

This is also a good way to meet others of the opposite sex.

The National institute of Health has conducted heart-related studies and the findings show that pet owners had decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels which can minimize the risk of a heart attack.

Hugging an animal and even petting them helps calm you. They are warm, soft and responds to your affection which calms your nerves and makes you feel relaxed.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

Watch fish in an aquarium and you will find peace and serenity as the fish swim silently back and forth up and down. Your anxieties developed during your difficult and busy day will be lessened and you’ll enjoy your evening better with your loved ones and friends.

Dog owners are able to walk, run, jog, bike, hike with their canine friend which are exercises that can help you stay fit. It’s so much better exercising with a friend as a dog or as some people do with their pig, or cat.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

Have you seen people train their pets to ride on their motorcycle or even train them on surfboards?  What fine companions,  and it makes exercising more fun. The time will go by much quicker.

When you are feeling depressed or lonely, a pet may give you that feeling of joy and happiness, especially if you are sick and elderly. Pets sometimes do funny antics and you’ll have someone to talk to instead of being home alone.

You can complain and curse and they won’t walk away from you and tell you to stop complaining. They sit and listen and don’t judge what you are saying. They take away that loneliness because they are faithful and loyal to you always there.

Dogs and even some cats are good at keeping you safe as they warn you of intruders and even dangers in the house. Best of all you don’t even have to live in a house and they will still love you.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

There are so many reasons pets are useful animals in helping humans remain healthy. So if a person is not already allergic to the pet fur and does not have a pet, go out and adopt a cat, dog, fish, rabbit or whatever animal that may appeal to you.

Out there is an animal that may help make you live longer, feel euphoric, and become a better person.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

There are many animals in the animal shelters that are waiting to be adopted who can help you solve some of your health problems. Go out there today and make a pet happy and yourself healthier.

Tell us about how your pet or pets help you.

4 thoughts on “Why Are Pets Good For Your Health?”

  1. We have always had dogs for companionship and security. If we return home and our animals are not there it makes for a lonely homecoming and the house doesn’t feel like much of a home at all. 

    They do take some care and responsibility so people need to make sure they can give an animal the attention they deserve before bringing them home. Our shelters are crowded with pets that sounded like a good idea at the time but are soon neglected or worse, abused.

    A dog will pour out their heart and soul to please their human companions. They should always be treated with as much kindness and love.

    1. Thank you Joyce for your kind and thoughtful words,  It is not hard to tell that you are both a loving and responsible pet owner.  It is also nice that you have personally benefited from being a pet owner yourself.  Thanks for sharing.

  2. I totally agree with how helpful pets can be with children.  I grew up on a farm with lots of cats and one very special dog.  I know I spent countless hours talking to my dog when either upset with one of my sisters or friends and that usually kept me from staying angry very long.  It taught me to not be afraid of dogs when we visited other households too.  You have a great website – thanks for sharing. Penny

    1. Thanks Penny for your contribution.  Our childhood had similarities.  I also grew up on a farm with lots of cats and a special dog.  He was always anxious to be a part of any outdoor activities such as going for a walk, or “stooking” grain bundles into stooks in the fall.  (There was always mice for his entertainment !)

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