We all know deep down inside just how good our pets can make us feel. They are glad to see us when we get home, can sense when we need a cuddle, and bring a smile to our faces with their antics; but there are also many other ways of how pets improve our health.
1. Lower Blood Pressure - Studies have proven time and time again that petting animals can calm, leave you more relaxed and have a positive effect on your blood pressure, a major health improvement.
2. Fight Depression - Having pets has been shown to help people fight and recover from depression. The unconditional love and the reliance on you to look after your pet, coupled with the calming sensation while you pet your animal can go a long way towards fighting off the blues.
3. Better Overall Fitness - People that have dogs tend to be more physically fit than those that don’t. One of the reasons is the lifestyle that comes with owning a dog. Walks require that someone lead them, and that 30 minutes to an hour each day can add up. Factor in some additional time for play and suddenly, you're active!
4. Fewer allergies and a Stronger Immune System - Studies suggest that children that grow up in homes with dogs or cats have fewer allergies, fewer instances of asthma and healthier immune systems than those that live without.
5. Improve your Social Life - Taking your dog for a walk or to the dog park is sure to involve meeting people. Most people want to stop and pet your dog, inquire as to its breed or name, and just say hello. People are more likely to smile at you if you are walking your dog and the dog park itself is just made for socializing.
6. Companionship for the Elderly - Elderly people often live alone and some lead quite sheltered lives with little social interaction. Having a small dog or cat in the home can make a huge difference to a senior citizen, help them to feel less lonely and have a positive effect on their health.
7. Pets Help Us Heal - Whether fighting an emotional battle or a physical illness, pets can help us to heal faster simply by being there. We know we need to be there for our pets too, and maybe that's what pushes us on to better.
Pets clearly have an effect on human health. General health improvements are seen every day by those that own a furry or feathered friend, and our health is important so we can be there for them too.
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