I want to encourage you to visit your local shelter the next time you’re considering purchasing a new pet.
In addition to having a forever friend, another perfect reason to own a pet is that there are fascinating health benefits for you that you may not even be aware of. I share my personal top 5 below.
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Owning a Pet:
Animals are great stress-relievers.
Dogs particularly have proven to be excellent companions for individuals who suffer from stress and anxiety. Veterans who suffer from PTSD and children with Autism have found considerable relief after adding a dog to their treatment regime.
Owning a pet (especially a dog) improves your cardiovascular health.
The CDC and the National Institute of Health have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings revealed pet owners had lowered their blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels; all of which decrease chances of a heart attack.
Pet ownership can assist in staving off depression and loneliness.
Pets are known for their unconditional love, which can help their owners beat the blues. Pets also give their owners a purpose as well as needed companionship, both of which are exceptional pick me ups. This mood-boosting can be seen especially in groups like the elderly and the sick. Most hospitals and elder care facilities have programs that bring in pets on a weekly basis to cheer-up their residents.
A pet can improve your social skills.
There many different ways pet owners can socialize with other fellow pet owners. For instance, training classes, dog parks and even “yappy hour” (one of my favorites). Social media outlets also offer many types of groups and pet owner meet-ups. Dogster, Catster, and Petpop are just a few of them where you can find places to mingle with your pets. Dogs can also make excellent wingmen; increasing your chances of making a love connection.
Dogs are usually touted for their health benefits, but cat owners can see several advantages, too.
Felines are just as beneficial to your health as their pooch pals. Researchers have found that if you have a cat, you are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and you are 40 percent less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke.
When you do decide to purchase a pet, please first consider adopting an animal. You will find a forever friend out of the deal. Seriously, what could be better than that? To locate a pet shelter near you go to The Shelter Project.
- Yappy Hour: https://freshpet.com/savor-the-end-of-summer-with-yappy-hours/
- Dogster: http://www.dogster.com/
- Catster: http://www.catster.com/