Whether you own a pet or you’re just an animal lover, you definitely know the joy a pet can bring you. But besides the good feeling that you have when you come home and you are greeted by your pet, you should know that having a pet can bring multiple benefits to your health and your family. Find out why you should get a pet if you do not already own one.
1. Cardiovascular benefits
Your pet keeps your heart stronger. People who have had at some point in their lives a cat as pet, presented a 37 % less chance of death from heart attack compared to those who have never owned this animal. In addition, pet owners with hypertension have lower blood pressure values in hypertensive stressful situations than those who do not coexist with a little friend.
Besides the beneficial impact on blood pressure, the company of a pet shows benefits on cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.
2. Benefits for diabetics
A third of pets, mostly dogs, that are in the care of persons with diabetes are able to feel when the blood sugar levels of the owner drop. They change their behavior in order to warn owners that they need to eat. Thus, persons at risk for unstable blood glucose can benefit from their pets.
3. Preventing strokes
People who have a cat in the house are lucky in this regard. It seems that these people have, throughout their life, a 40 % lower risk of stroke and heart attack.
4. Improve mood
By satisfying people’s need to have someone with them, your pet can prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness and the occurrence of depression. Also, if you have a pet, this condition increases your comfort and reduces anxiety while improving your self-confidence. And if you have the habit of grooming your cat or taking your dog for a walk, you can be sure you’ll easily escape from everyday stress by increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin.
5. Alzheimer’s Disease
In case of dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, our quadrupeds have a say. Animals increase the level of socialization of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, while also lowering the risk of developing depression and anxiety. In addition, pets have a calming effect on these people.
Not just dogs or cats have positive effects on patients affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The presence of aquarium inside the hospital where these patients are treated result in increased food intake, reducing the need for dietary supplements.
6. A sense of responsibility
Pets teach kids responsibility. You have to feed them, walk them and take care of them. Having a pet is a fun way to become responsible and start caring for someone other than yourself. Also, caring for a pet can teach children compassion and empathy. In addition, pet gives children a sense of security.
7. Improving immune system
Even if before it was said that pets predispose to allergies and asthma this is only true for infants coming from allergic mothers. For other children, the presence of an animal in the house can improve the immune system and prevent allergies and asthma.
8. Attention deficit
Children with autism and ADHD benefit from interacting with animals. Those who suffer from attention deficit can learn, through their care, to concentrate better and those with autism learn more easily how to interact with other living beings.
9. Benefits for the elderly
With age, the elderly are feeling increasingly useless. The responsibility of caring for a pet can give a new meaning of life. Caring for a dog means that the owner is supposed walk with it, thus contributing to an improved health through exercise.
10. Lowering the risk of accidents in kids
Having a pet, kids are more concerned with playing and grooming the pet than playing with dangerous items in the house (lather, cutlery etc.) Your child will focus all of its attention on the pet and you can be sure that he is safe.
Due to these positive effects pets are recommended to almost all individuals. Are you ready to have a pet and offer it unconditional love?