7 Reasons Pets Can Improve Your Health

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By Tallulah Ray

Having a pet is beneficial for your spirit and your health. More and more studies have come out explaining the ways that pets help your overall well-being.

#1) De-stressing

This one has been floating around for a while. Still skeptical? It’s been scientifically proven. A Mindlab Internation study found that 55% of people were more relaxed after spending time with their pets.

#2) Pets Don’t Judge

After a hard day at work when your boss has been screaming at you all day, it’s nice to go home and be loved. While they might nudge their food bowl for dinner, they’re generally just happy to see you.

Because of this, a lot of people say that their pets are their best friends and confide their inner most secrets with them. It is comforting to know that you can divulge something that has been weighing you down. Writing things down in a journal has been proven to be a de-stresser. The same idea is what makes a pet comforting.

#3) Lessen The Risk Of Allergies

Studies have shown that kids that grow up in a household with a pet (especially furry ones) will be less apt to get allergies and asthma in the future. Not only that but they are less likely to get eczema and have a tendency of having a stronger immune system.

#4) Cats Lower The Risk Of Heart Attacks

In a study of 240 married couples, those that owned pets had lower blood pressure and lower heart rates. Pets in general have been known to lower the risk of heart disease and heart problems but researchers have been noticing that cat ownership has been related to a 40% lower risk of having a heart attack (specifically fatal heart attacks).

There is a reason why pet therapy is extremely therapeutic and helpful for those who are going through rehab or a stint in the hospital. Another study showed that people who had a heart attack showed a better survival rate if they had a dog.

With the statistics involving women and heart disease, it seems more beneficial for all of us to get a pet of some kind.

#5) Depression

The statistics involving women and depression is disheartening. This is another reason for women (in particular) to get a pet. Therapists will often prescribe a pet to people who are suffering from depression. There are many reasons for this: unconditional love, snuggles, a therapist that stays quiet and won’t ask you if your mother hugged you enough as a child…

#6) Weight Loss

Well, let’s start with the fact that getting a dog requires that you take him or her out for a walk everyday. The fresh air and jog, walk, or run around the park will benefit the both of you. Just the simple act will improve your fitness (yes, it has been witnessed by researchers as well).

Walking speed is even affected by walking with a dog. Speed was increased by 28 percent with dog walkers (in comparison to a walker who walked with another human buddy).

If you’re not normally a walker and you start walking your dog for 20 minutes for five days a week, you could lose an average of 14 pounds a year. While taking your dog for a walk for 30 minutes every day fills the minimum recommendations for healthy activity. Believe it or not, there are even yoga classes that involve you and your dog. Yep, they’re called “doga”. (I can’t even make this up.)

#7) Socialization

Pet owners have a tendency of migrating toward other pet owners. Whether it’s just meeting while you take your dogs for a walk around the block or meeting new people at the local dog park, pet owners have a tendency of becoming social people (even if they weren’t to begin with). This social interaction is beneficial for you and your dogs as well.

So, with all of that wonderful news, what kind of pet should you get? There are so many different kinds of pets that you can take home but your own perfect pet can differ from mine. Not only do you have to consider compatibility but you also have to consider what kind of pet you can take care of.

Do you live in an apartment or a house? Do you have a backyard? Are you gone all of the time? Do you have kids? All of these things have to be considered before you go to the pet store. Even having a goldfish can be beneficial to your health.

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