Pet owners know how a furry friend can improve their life. Their unconditional love and affection welcome you every day. They make you laugh, comfort you and will never let you down. There have been too many studies to deny all the positive effects of owning a pet and their presence has also incredible health benefits.
Fights Allergies and Obesity
A recent study shows that having a pet around during pregnancy and the baby’s early life can decrease his/her risks of allergies and obesity in later life. By increasing the numbers of good bacteria in the digestive system, a furry friend will boost the baby’s immune system. Exposure to a dog in the first year of life was also linked to a 13% lower risk of asthma in later childhood, according to JAMA Pediatrics.
People experience less stress when their pet is present, according to The University of New York at Buffalo. Researchers found that when conducting a stressful task, pets have more influence to reduce stress level than a spouse, family member or close friend. The study shows increased output of “happy hormones — endorphins and dopamines — after just five minutes in the company of an animal. Research suggest that it only takes 15–30 minutes with your pet to feel more relaxed and calm.
Lowers Blood Pressure
While some studies have found a stronger connection than others, having a pet has the potential to lower blood pressure, especially in high-risk patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower,” says Marty Becker, DVM, veterinary consultant for Good Morning America.
Reduces Anxiety And Depression
Pets offer unconditional love without judgment or social pressure. It can be highly beneficial to people with depression and anxiety. Studies show that the company of pets reduce tension and improve mood. They help by offering uncomplicated love. Contrary to relatives or friends, you don’t need to evaluate everything you say or do that could hurt their feelings. Owning a pet also mean responsibility, which adds focus and a sense of purpose to life. Research have suggested that people feel better when they have physical contact with others, and pets can give you a similar experience in their own way. Petting a dog or a cat is naturally soothing and can lower your heart rate. Children who have a pet dog in the home have a lower anxiety level than children who do not, according to the CDC.
Good for the Heart
Research have found that people suffering from heart disease will live longer if they own a pet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings show that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels — all of which can minimize their risk of having a heart attack.
Helps older people
The presence of a pet can alleviate depression, loneliness, and isolation. For the persons who lost their spouse and saw their children move out, the companionship of a pet can be a great source of relief. And for persons affected with any form of dementia, the company of a pet can reduce anxiety, agitation, and irritability, and help patients to be more interactive when they are not able anymore to do so in social human settings.