Now for many people, pets bring all manner of joy into our lives. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and even chickens, amongst just about every other animal you can domesticate, makes us laugh, and have a great time. It is no wonder that millions of people around the world are proud pet owners. Some may identify as cat people; others are more dog people, either way, pets bring happiness into our lives.
Rarely do people understand the true bond between beast and man, and fewer people realize how much a pet does for its owner. That's why we thought it would be worth going over the benefits of having a few furry friends around.
If you are a dog owner, then you already know that they need daily walks. Regardless of their size, a dog needs their daily walk to remain healthy and happy, and as a consequence, dog owners remain healthy too. As human beings, we tend to get lazy every now and then; if you are one of those people, then getting a dog is a great way to exercise. Not only will they drag you to the front of the door, but they will make sure you take a few laps around the park, arguably the best personal trainer ever.
Anyone who lives by themselves or has a spouse/partner with a different shift pattern can often get awfully lonely. A pet can help address that loneliness. Whether it is a cat or a dog, they make great companions. They are always waiting for you to get home, so there is always something to look forward to when you get home. Some pets are also happy to hear how your day went and may even snuggle with you on the sofa. However, cats aren't particularly good smugglers, so if it's snuggling that you desire, then it's better to get a dog.
Our lives are stressful, to say the least. High levels of anxiety can often lead to various health issues. Fortunately, pets can help us relieve some stress. For instance, stroking a cat or watching your goldfish swim in a tank can help take your mind off things a lot. Various studies over the years have proven that pet owners as a whole have a much lower average blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, and lower cholesterol as compared to people who don't have pets. In other words, if you have a pet, your chances of suffering a fatal heart attack are lower.
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Pet owners tend to be friendly, and they will often stop to speak to another person walking their dog in the park. As it turns out, having a pet is an excellent way to meet people, build relationships, and they are great for small talk. Pets can also help you find love!
Pets tend to spend a great deal of their time outside, and with it comes a host of germs and dirt into the home. While that may sound like something that should make you sick, it isn't a bad thing. The germs help improve your immune system considerably. Studies have shown that babies who live with a cat or a dog will experience fewer infections, which makes them healthier than those who aren't raised with a pet.
Sure, there is no guarantee that owning a pet will make your children allergy-free, but there is evidence to suggest that pet dander can help reduce the development of certain allergies. That said, we wouldn't recommend that you own a cat or a dog if you are allergic because it will not suddenly make you immune to them.
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