Pets form an integral part of human life since time immemorial. Apart from being used to do different jobs at home, pets provide their owners with unconditional love and support. The health benefits – both physical and mental- that come with being with a pet has been proved in innumerable studies and this is exactly the reason why a large percentage of men and women either have a pet or are looking to adopt a friendly one.
Health benefits of having a friendly pet
Repeated studies have time and again pointed at the calm and relaxing feeling pet owners have due to increased levels of serotonin and dopamine when playing with their pet. Not only do pets provide companionship but also help reduce anxiety and build self confidence. According to studies conducted by CDC, USA, pets help lower the blood pressure in people with a known history of hypertension. Pets also come to the rescue of their owners when it comes to helping them deal with chronic pain management such as in the case of migraine since they help release feel good hormones that push the pain away. As such people with pets need lesser pain medication than those who do not have one. There are other benefits too of having a pet in the house such as improved immunity and decrease in allergies, prevention of heart strokes and lower levels of cholesterol.
Pets, especially dogs and cats, prove to be a great companion and teacher for kids with any kind of learning disability. Pets such as dogs even come to the rescue of the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s while riding pet horses tend to increase the confidence of autistic children.
Although pets have innumerable benefits, if you are looking to adopt a new pet, it is always advisable to adopt one which meets the lifestyle and needs of your household. Since having a pet at home adds a huge responsibility on the inhabitants, it is thus always advisable to look for friendly pets who will not have too much of a problem adjusting in the new environment. Thought should also be given to the fact that the inhabitants do not have to make drastic lifestyle changes to accommodate the pet since the joy of having a pet will then be lost. Thus, one of the first basic things to keep in mind when looking to adopt a new pet would be to keep in mind the activity level of the pet and the inhabitants and then choose accordingly. Also, it is advisable to consider the space available in the home and cleanliness level which the owner wants and then choose a pet according to it.
Whether you ultimately choose to adopt a dog, cat, fish, bunny, hamster or any other pet; one thing which would be common to all would be the unconditional love that you will get from them. Having a pet at home would change your life for the better.