The interaction between animals and humans has been happening since the beginning of civilization until nowadays. During this period, the animals stopped assisting us at work and became members of our families.
Who owns a pet knows the incredible benefits that they can provide to their quality of life. It is not only related to unconditional love but numerous health benefits.
If You Don’t Own a Pet Yet?
If you don’t have a pet but would like to enjoy the experience and, consequently, the health benefits? I will guide you on how to choose the best pet for you.
Before having a pet, make sure that it is the right one for you and your family. Do some research beforehand about the specific needs of the animal. Ask yourself these questions before getting a pet:
- How long will this animal live?
- What does the pet eat?
- How much exercise does the pet need?
- How large will it become?
- How much will it cost for veterinary care?
- Do I have enough time to care for and clean up after the pet properly?
- What type of habitat does this pet need to be healthy?
- What type of exercise does this pet need?
- Are pets allowed in my house, apartment, or condominium?
- Are there young children, older people, or people with weak immune systems who will care for or be around the pet?
Those are some questions to ask yourself before introducing an animal in your life. For more information, I do recommend the CDC web site.
5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet
Studies have shown that the connection between people and their pets could bring happiness, make life more active, improve the chance to socialize, and reduce stress to their owners. Some of the health benefits of having a pet include:
1. Decrease Feelings of Loneliness
“They aren’t great at texting you when they are running late. You shouldn’t expect to get any car rides from them. They may poop when you are discussing something serious with them. No, they aren’t a replacement for human contact. Nevertheless, could pets play a role in dealing with what has been an increasing problem among adults: loneliness?”
The paragraph above is from a fantastic Forbes article which explains how pets can fill the emptiness in our hearts.
2. Increase Opportunities for Outdoor Activities
Owning a dog involves some responsibilities; one of them is to take him to walk. Why not use this time to have fun and practice exercise too. Outdoors activities will help your dog to lost weight and helps to reduce boredom, anxiety and depression. Not to mention that dog needs sunlight to produce vitamin D as people. You can use this time to enjoy the simple things of life with your best ever partner.
3. Increased Opportunities for Socialization
Loneliness is one of the problems that afflict modern society. Having a dog will improve your socialization once everybody loves dogs. Besides, the dog is a great companion; he also can help you to find new friends or who knows to find the love of your life?
4. Helps Children Develop
Children who grow up with pets may improve their emotional development. They learn to express themselves in more ways and they learn to relate better.
Pets are also hugely beneficial to children who have autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For children with ADHD, taking care of a pet can encourage them to focus on responsibilities through a predictable routine. At the same time, the sensory experience of holding and petting an animal can be soothing for children with autism.
5. Prevents Allergies and Improves Immunity
Studies confirm that pets can dramatically improve immunity and prevent allergies during childhood. Kids who grow up around animals or on farms don’t have allergies or develop fewer allergies. It is a kind of natural immunotherapy. However, getting a pet as an adult will not minimize your allergies.
Pets can bring joy to our lives. What is the best proof than a smile on this child’s face? A study from Indiana University shows that watch videos with cats or dogs can change their emotional states, giving positive feelings.