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Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Nothing beats the feeling of coming home to a faithful companion. A pet is not only a source of providing you unconditional affection, but they also offer great company. Pets come along with additional responsibilities because taking care of them and feeding them is a part of pet ownership. Many parents are now inclined to adopt a pet to create a sense of responsibility in their children.

According to a survey conducted in 2021 by APPA, 70% of the families living in the United States own a pet. Owning a pet can help bring a  positive change in life and come with many health benefits. Some of these benefits include:

1. Physical Health

If you are too lazy to work out yet are worried about your weight, consider getting a pet. Pets such as dogs require daily walks to keep themselves healthy. They’re a great motivation for you to get out of your bed for a long morning walk. Your workout sessions will no longer be boring as you will have your pet to accompany you.

Studies have also suggested that heart attack patients who have pets have a longer life than those who don’t because of reduced cholesterol levels. Another study suggested having a pet helped diabetic patients better manage their symptoms. Taking care of a pet creates a sense of responsibility, and hence, a disciplined life helps manage symptoms of many medical conditions.

2. Mental Health

Pets can be a great emotional support. Many studies have suggested that pets can help fight depression by providing a sense of companionship. Many hospitals and nursing homes are allowing therapy dogs to interact with their patients to assist them in reducing their anxiety. Interacting with pets can help release happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine, thus reducing depression symptoms among patients.

Pets are a great way to socially interact with other people and grow your network by making new friends. To live a healthy life, social interaction is very important because it helps to reduce the feeling of loneliness, especially among aged people. Older adults are at a higher risk of developing depression because of the fear of being lonely.

Some people may consider a house full of pets too much to handle because they fail to understand the joy a pet brings to a family. Consider getting a pet to improve your overall well-being.

Happy Critters Pet Walking are dedicated to providing pet care services in Lakeland. Contact them if you are looking for professional dog walking services or pet sitting services in Lakeland.

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Some people may consider a house full of pets too much to handle because they fail to understand the joy a pet brings to a family. Consider getting a pet to improve your overall well-being.

Happy Critters Pet Walking are dedicated to providing pet care services in Lakeland. Contact them if you are looking for professional dog walking services or pet sitting services in Lakeland.