A lot of people take pets to be mess producers in their homes. Many people do not welcome them for different reasons. What they do not know is that by inviting pets to enter your life and home, you reap significant health benefits.
Benefits of pets to your health
Improve your mood
Pets can amazingly cheer you up and chase away the blues no matter how moody you may be. Pets provide companionship and love that is unconditional, which help to decrease depressive symptoms. They possess the power to take away worries, loneliness, and all your stress. Pets can take kids place (if you do not have any), and be the one to brighten your mood each day. When you come into contact with pets, there is a release of endorphins that helps in killing pain and increase mood.
Reduce blood pressure
Pets can reduce your stress, which in turn, helps in keeping your blood pressure down.
Pets are not just toys. Just like humans, pets are very much capable of giving honest affection to their masters. This love is seen through the way they act when you are around, how they follow your instructions, and from the way they play with you. In the case of dogs, they show their affection through the way they protect you from all the harm that may come to you.
Reduce allergy and boost immunity
Owning a pet as a child improves immunity and decreases allergies. Studies show that having a pet in your household reduces allergies by 30% in children. Research also shows that kids raised exposed to household pets have more robust immune systems in future.
Good for the kids
Apart from boosting the kids’ immune system, owning a pet at home can increase the intellectual development of kids, improve nurturing behaviors, and self-worth. Recent research also shows that having a pet can make kids more resilient to the death of their loved ones.
Increase lifespan and sociability
It is shown that isolated and depressed people live an average of eight years less that their peers who are emotionally stable. Owning a pet (a dog in this case) is a superb way to interact with people. Whether it is in your dog’s walk, or in a dog park, bringing up a conversation becomes much easier with a pet in a tug.
There are pet therapy programs in hospitals because they help patients recover quickly, on less medication, and at a less cost. Patients return home sooner, happier with their overall health improved.