While owning a pet can be a big responsibility, the health benefits for us as pet owners, may far exceed those responsibilities. Research has shown that having a pet can benefit us both physically and emotionally. Here’s how…
1. Better Heart Health
Owning an active pet (such as a dog) gives us a reason to exercise more. Increased exercise has been known to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, resulting in better heart health.
2. Decreased Stress
When you pet a dog, cat, horse, etc, the stress hormones in the body balance out, resulting in decreased stress and lowered blood pressure.
3. Increased Social Opportunities
If you are a pet owner, you may have noticed that when you are out and about with your pet it is easier to strike up a conversation with a people. Our pets create these social opportunities that would probably not occur without them.
4. Improved Mood
Owning a pet has been known to increase happiness and create a sense of purpose for the owner.
5. Stronger Immune System
When babies and children are raised with pets, their immune systems tend to be stronger. They have a decreased chance of having allergies and asthma.
6. Pain Relief
Spending time with a pet helps the body release endorphins, leading to a certain degree of pain relief.