Having a furry companion can have many positive effects on your life. Not only can you live with a friend, but there are also some hidden benefits to having a pet in your home. Here are ten reasons why having a pet is great for your mind, body, and soul.
- They help you form relationships
An often overlooked side effect of having a pet is that you will always have something to talk about with other people. Having a pet allows you to connect with other animal lovers. Even if you and the person you’re talking to can’t agree on anything else, you can at least find common ground regarding Fido. The two of you could even trade tips on the best pet foods and training techniques.
- Improve your health
Having a pet can help you reach your health-related goals. Whether you’re walking your dog or doing some cardio cleaning up those inevitable pet stains, keeping up with your furry friend will ensure you get some daily exercise.
- They help fight allergies
This one may seem totally backwards, but it’s true. Despite television commercials in which pet owners sneeze uncontrollably every time their cat or dog walks in the room, pets can help fight allergies. Children who are exposed to pet dander or any other animal allergen tend to develop stronger immune systems. Even an adult’s immune system will be strengthened after being exposed to animal allergens for a certain period and will be able to resist other irritants.
- Increase the strength of the bones and heart
Here are some of the additional health benefits that owning a pet brings: faster recovery from heart problems, lower blood pressure, and even a lower overall chance of heart attacks. Taking your dog (or cat) for a daily walk in the sun can improve bone strength through exposure to vitamin D.
- Elevate your mood
Let’s face it, there will come a day when going outside will seem like an impossible feat. So what’s better than having a convenience provider live in it? Studies have shown that having pets available for affection and attention can help improve their mood.
- They are ideal for all ages.
Children exposed to pets are less likely to develop respiratory and skin problems, such as asthma and eczema. The process is similar to how children can develop resistance to certain allergens. But it’s not just children who benefit. Having a pet around can make the elderly feel less alone. And for those with Alzheimer’s, the warm presence of a pet can lead to fewer anxiety attacks.
- They are excellent aids for medical support groups.
Groups such as Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet Facilitated Therapy provide pets to hospital patients to elevate their mood, thus assisting in the recovery process.
- They may not be able to speak, but they hear you loud and clear.
Obviously, our pets do not speak our language, but they are very aware of the emotional needs of their owners. Many people find that having a close bond with their pet provides them with an additional sense of purpose and emotional centering.
- They act as warning signs of serious health problems.
One thing many pet owners don’t know is that dogs can recognize the warning signs of a handful of diseases. Some dogs can detect when a person is about to have an epileptic seizure. Others can smell cancers on their owners. Still, other dogs have even been taught to notice signs of Parkinson’s disease or diabetes and to alert their owners accordingly.
- They provide unconditional love and friendship.
One of the best benefits of having a pet is having a warm companion to come home to day after day. You will always have a walking partner or snuggle partner when you need it.