4 Unexpected Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Pet lovers know that owning a cat, dog, or any other animal can bring happiness to a home. These furry or feathered creatures make great companions in life and can teach you a thing or two about caring and responsibility.

More than that, a recent post from the LifeHack blog tells us that there are certain health benefits as well. Sounds surprising? Read on and find out how having pets can be an advantage for your health.

#1. You’ll be in better shape.

The Centers for Disease Control said that having an exercise of at least 30 minutes per day is important to stay in shape and combat chronic diseases. With a pet, such as a dog, you can easily hit that target on a daily basis. You can run, jog, or walk with your dog before or after your working hours. There are even classes like Doga – yoga exercises for dogs and dog owners – which you can also try if you have the time.

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#2. You’ll have a healthier heart.

Heart disease is one of the dreaded diseases in the world and, yes, having a pet can be good for your heart, too. Along with eating healthy foods and regular exercise, the National Institute of Health said studies have shown that “pet owners have lower blood pressure rates and lower cholesterol levels, both of which are major risk factors for heart attacks.”

#3. You’ll be able to prevent your child’s allergies.

Of course, some parents are hesitant about getting a pet since it may trigger allergies among children.

Contrary to this common belief, researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison say that pet ownership can actually decrease children’s chances of developing allergies in the first place. It makes them develop stronger immune system against allergies, so to speak. Keep in mind, however, that this does not apply to kids who already have allergies beforehand.

#4. You’ll avoid depression.

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Photo credit: Pixabay

As the LifeHack post tells us, there are indeed “a number of reasons why several studies have uncovered a link between pet ownership and reduced levels of depression.”

To begin with, you’ll be able to “fill your life with a sense of love and purpose” as well as “increase your socialization and help you make new friends (for instance, at a dog-walking park or an obedience school).”

No wonder Pet Assisted Therapy or Animal Assisted Therapy has become popular among numerous hospitals and nursing homes in the United States and other countries across the world.