Are you a pet owner? Thinking about getting a pet? Either way, you’ll want to read this! If you already have a pet you know you love it, but you may not know that there are real physical and emotional health benefits to having a pet. And if you’re on the fence, or think you’re not really a pet person, reading this post may help you think there’s a reason to get a pet after all- 10 good reasons, in fact!
If you live alone you’ll never be lonely with a pet in your house. And if you have a family, the family experience just gets richer when a pet is part of the family.
2. Lower anxiety and depression:
Having a pet boosts mental health and alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Take your dog out for a walk a few times a day and you’ll get in some extra exercise yourself! Kids who live with dogs are also more active and it’s a great way to get them away from their screens.
4. Social benefits:
Regular social interaction is important for your health, and when you own a pet you become part of a community of pet owners and animal lovers. You’ll meet other pet owners at the dog run, at the vet, at the groomer, and other places. You might even find strangers strike up a conversation when you’re out and about with your pet.
5. Lower rates of asthma and allergies for kids:
Kids who grow up with pets are less prone to asthma and allergies.
6. Unconditional love:
Your pets love you no matter what, which is nice to know at the end of a hard day, or if you’re in a bad mood.
7. The benefits of routine:
When you have a pet you’re responsible for your pet’s care, which creates daily structure and routine. Routine is good because it helps you stay productive. This kind of structure and routine is also great for teaching kids responsibility.
With a pet in your home you get built-in security.
9. Healthy heart:
Pet owners have lower blood pressure and heart rates.
10. Live longer:
Studies show that people with pets live longer!
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