Whether they’re furry, feathery, or scaly, pets can be a boon to your life and well-being. Read on to learn about some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits, and how you can, in turn, take good care of your pet.
Benefits to physical well-being
Many studies have been done to examine the effects of pet ownership on a person’s state of health. For example, it has been observed that children who grow up in a household with pets are less likely to develop allergies, allergies, and skin conditions like eczema.
Other studies found that having pets can lower anxiety and pain levels for people dealing with chronic pain or recovering from surgery. They can also help with preventing infection because they can boost people’s immune systems.
Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link pet ownership with healthier levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides – all good indicators for avoiding long-term, chronic diseases.
Benefits to mental and emotional well-being
Why all the health benefits? It may have to do with how pets improve their owners’ feelings of stress, anxiety, and loneliness. It’s no secret that physical health is heavily influenced by how we’re feeling, which is in turn affected by how well we’re socializing. Not only do pets offer constant companionship, but they can provide opportunities to connect more with other humans, such as when we walk our dogs in the neighborhood.
In addition, some pet owner activities get you to move more.
Remember to return the love
Don’t forget to take good care of your pet!
- Bring your pet to the vet regularly, and make the most of those visits by asking questions and voicing concerns.
- Educate yourself about common diseases and symptoms that your pet may encounter, so you can be on the lookout for trouble.
- Communicate with other pet owners (whether it’s a real-world or online community) to learn from their experiences and to get tips and advice.