Have you ever thought about the health benefits of having your pet?
Our pets definitely bring us joy, and they give us unconditional love every day. When we are with them we don’t feel lonely. They don’t judge and laugh at us for doing something silly (unless you have a Scotty called Martha like me – she does judge!)
But there are more health benefits of having a pet.
1.Pet parents are less likely to suffer from depression.
As dog parents, we know our animals can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They ease loneliness, encourage us to exercise and play and make us laugh. Pets, especially dogs and cats, provide valuable companionship for older people. Most importantly, a pet adds absolute joy and unconditional love to our life.
2. People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations.
One study found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
3. Playing with a pet elevates levels of feel-good hormones.
Dogs can increase our dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin levels. These are the “feel good” chemicals our brains release that improves mood and affect happiness.
4. Dogs force us to be more social.
Pets can act as a “buffer” in social situations for those who suffer from social anxiety. Dogs give us a reason to talk to new people, whether on a walk or at a dog park and interact with others.
5. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer.
Researchers found that compared to non-owners, dog parents experienced a 65% reduced risk of mortality after a heart attack and a 31% reduced risk of mortality due to cardiovascular-related issues.
How do you benefit from having a pet?