There’s nothing quite like coming home from a hard day at the office to the loving company of your pet. Your dog or cat, hamster or parrot is always ready to welcome you home. But the benefits of having a pet extend beyond the simple happiness they bring. They’re like apples: they help keep the doctor away.
Research has consistently shown that owning a pet can help with blood pressure, heart disease and even pet allergies!
Allergies: Though it was previously thought that pets would actually make children more prone to allergies, it turns out the opposite is true. Children raised in homes with furred animals, or on a farm, are less likely to develop allergies and asthma.
Mental health: Pets also carry benefits for Alzheimer’s patients. The anxiety that often accompanies Alzheimer’s is lessened by pets, and anxious outbreaks are fewer. Caring for a pet also provides companionship and the opportunity for exercise.
Heart health: Playing with your pet also releases the chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which have calming and happiness-inducing properties. During stressful situation, research also shows that blood pressure in pet owners is lower than that of non-pet owners. Over time, decreased stress levels leave you less likely to have risk of heart disease. Incredibly, studies have also shown that heart-attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
Pets bring so much joy to one’s life, as we already know. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the ways they help us! Was your pet ever helpful to you in a stressful situation?