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Top 6 Benefits of Owning a Pet

Updated on May 27, 2017

Pets are our best friends. They ask so little and give so much in return. We feed them, bathe them, provide them a healthy life and, on top of all, spend time with them and give them our love and attention. Although what we get in return is priceless, we can point out some of the benefits our pets give us. Whether you have a dog, cat, fish, hamster or a hedgehog, the benefits are very similar as the relationship between a pet and its owner is the reason why all the benefits even exist.

Exercise

Owning a pet comes with certain responsibilities. We take dogs for walks, we chase our hamster or hedge around etc. Simply by playing with our pets, we engage in additional physical activity. This keeps us in better shape and properly stretched.

Health

What you may have not known, is the fact that pets have a huge positive impact on owners with heart disease and high blood pressure. It is recommended for people with heart disease to have pets. We are not exactly sure what it is that pets do that helps the organism, but it definitely has something to do with the change of lifestyle that happens once we get a pet and the unconditional love they give us.

Fun

Apart from staying active and healthy, pets are so much fun! Spending time with them is pure joy. Regardless of your age, you’re bound to have so much fun with your pet, during walks or cuddling or simply inside the house doing some everyday activity. Your children will love having a pet and so will you. This is for sure.

Lowering stress

Having a pet guarantees us that there’s always someone looking out for us and selflessly giving us all the love and attention we need. The selflessness you can find in a pet is very difficult to find in humans. This is why a relationship between a human and an animal is so precious. It’s atypical and it’s absolutely amazing. This is the reason pets lower our stress levels. We are happy. It’s as simple as that. Pets will not lie to us or disappoint us, they will always be there for us and that is why they have such a therapeutic effect on our mental health.

Teaching kids

Apart from all the wonderful things we get from our pets, there’s also a responsibility connotation to this story. Pets do require care in the form of food, water, walks and vet visits. This is a great opportunity for you to teach your children responsibility. Assign duties to your children and make sure they stick to the responsibility they’ve been given. Children need to know that pets are not toys and they have certain needs. In that respect, you can give one child the task of buying pet supplies online or in a store, your other child could make sure your pet has fresh water at all times. Start small, then build up later on.

Socializing

Pets are great social catalysts as well. If you are single or simply want a new friend, you can meet them in the park, at the veterinarian or in a pet store. Plus, starting a conversation is much easier with a pet with you and a certain topic you’ll both be able to talk about – animals.

As you can see, pets have an ability to get under our skin and stay there forever. They fill or hearts with love and enrich our everyday life in so many ways. We should be very grateful for our little animal friends with big hearts.

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