Why Pet Owners May Make Healthier People

Any pet owner, past or present, will be able to enthusiastically tell you how much having a pet has truly enriched their lives, and I am definitely no exception to this statement. People have been domesticating animals and keeping them as pets for centuries, and it is certainly not hard to figure out why.

Even if you do not have a pet at home, chances are high that you have at some point felt the joy of playing with a young puppy, or felt relaxed as you quietly pet a cat as it lay in your lap purring. Pets certainly seem to improve a person’s overall quality of life, and it turns out that being a pet owner actually does have real and tangible health benefits.

I recently came across an article post by Care 2 that discusses just a few of the major health benefits that come with owning an active and lively dog or puppy, but of course there are also similar health benefits that can be found and experienced by owning a cat, hamster, horse, you name it. Here is what I learned.

While pets are extremely beneficial for improving physical and mental health overall for their owners (more on the mental health benefits of pets later on), dogs in particular are generally very helpful for keeping their owner’s physical well being and energy in a healthy place. This is mainly because, as most of us know, dogs are incredibly active creatures that constantly have energy that needs to be released. Taking your dog out for a walk at least once a day is a perfect way to not only keep the dog calm and happy, but to integrate a simple yet effective form of exercise into your life as well. If you and your dog are physically up for it, going to the dog park to run around, play fetch, and socialize with other dogs can also give you both a healthy workout. 

Of course, I also mentioned that pets are fantastic for improving mental health as well. If you have ever heard of, or even met with, therapy cats, dogs, and horses, you understand this concept well. We all tend to feel a bit calmer when we pet a friendly animal, and it turns out that this simple repetitive movement can actually lower our blood pressure, and therefore reduce stress overall. If you have the time, money, and desire to do so, you may want to seriously consider bringing home a furry friend for lasting companionship, fun, and improved health and quality of life.

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