If you have ever lived with an animal before then you know how different life is. Honestly, in most cases, it is the better life compared to that without a pet. Yes, they come with a lot of responsibilities and literally change our lifestyle drastically, but they bring so much love and joy that we cannot live without them.
In recent years, studies continuously find more and more of the health benefits of cats and dogs. Surprising enough, the majority of unsupported opinions that cats and dogs cause allergies have now been completely destroyed by scientific proof.
Let’s take a look at the different ways our health gets improved when we have a pet.
We are more active
This is the most obvious health benefit of having a dog and we really do not have to say too much about it. When you have a dog, you have the responsibility to walk it at least twice every day or even more. Some people even spend hours in the park or they take their dogs to jog. Anyway, when you have a dog, you are bound to be more active, there is no way around it if you want your dog to be healthy and happy.
Reduced risk of allergies
According to recent studies conducted on newborns, those children that had a pet in their house in their first year of life had a substantially reduced risk of pet allergies. Therefore, here is why the allergy myth was busted. It is actually beneficial for your children to have a pet.
In addition, children who live with pets have an enhanced immune system. According to other studies, such children were less likely to develop any type of allergies and also asthma.
Improved Heart Health
Once again, we have more and more evidence for this statement from studies. According to not one or two studies, having a pet can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. This and the additional activity in your daily life leads to a decreased risk of heart failure.
In another study, it was found that people who owned a dog had a significantly reduced risk of death and also of cardiovascular disease – around 11% lower than those who live without a dog.
During our daily activities, we are exposed to a lot of stressful situations which have a huge impact on our bodies and functions. I believe we all know how we feel when we see a cute animal somewhere outside. We want to hug it and pet it, and suddenly we forget about the stressful work or chores we have to finish later.
This, together with some convincing scientific support, makes pets a great stress-reliever for people of all ages. All you need is a few minutes with a pet and your cortisol levels will be significantly decreased. With this said, imagine how beneficial a pet is when you actually have it at home.
Our pets give us love, they give us confidence, and they make us calm. If you still don’t have one, consider changing this about your life as soon as possible.