If you have raised a pet, you surely know how much fun and affection they can bring. Pets are a shoulder to cry on whenever we are in a bad mood, an alarm clock, a loyal exercise partner, and a trusted member of the family. But do you know that pets also make us mentally and physically healthier? For example, dogs are known to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, promote exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Read on to know more about how your pet can boost your health.
- Lower your cholesterol and triglycerides
According to some studies, those who own a pet tend to enjoy a lower cholesterol and triglycerides level, compared with those who don’t.
- Lower your blood pressure
Even the simplest act of raising an animal can result in a blood pressure drop. The researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo found out that among patients who were taking medication for hypertension, their blood pressure response to stress was reduced 2 times when they owned a cat or dog. Another study pointed out that pets had long term positive effects on our cardiovascular system.
- Prevent allergies in children
According to a study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, children who spent time with pets in the household before they were six months old were less likely to develop allergic diseases, hay fever, and eczema when they became older. Also, small children spend their childhood with farm animals, dogs, or cats generally enjoy stronger immune systems and a reduced risk of developing asthma or eczema.
- Improve your mood
The companionship of a pet can offer comfort, reduce anxiety and depression, as well as boost self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world. One study showed that AIDS patients who raised a pet were less likely to face depression. Other related studies among patients of cancer and other diseases have shown the same results.
- Boost your fitness
Dog owners are usually physically healthier, compared with people without dog. Taking a dog for a walk, hike, or run is not only an interesting hobby but also a great idea to be more physically active.
- Improve your social life
Pets and raising pets are great topics for their owners to discuss about. During time walking in the park with their beloved dogs, dog owners can share everything around their dogs and life, thus help develop and maintain new relationships. Pet owners can also meet each other at pet stores, clubs, and training classes. For the elderly, this is obviously an important benefit of raising a pet.
- Help children practice responsibility and compassion
If your kid is given a pet to take care of, he will learn a lot of meaningful lessons from the activity of caring for some one. Pet ownership is known to have positive effects on the self-esteem and empathy in children. Pet teaches also children about the responsibility and carefulness in what they do.