What are the benefits of pets for human health?
Having a pet is good for your heart
It’s always a pleasure to cuddle an animal, but beyond the figurative sense, it’s excellent for your heart too! Being in contact with a four-legged companion could reduce the risks of developing a cardiovascular disease. When we stroke a dog or a cat, it gives us a feeling of well-being. This is because we release endorphins produced in our body!
➜ Adrenaline and corticosteroids are lowered, heart rate decreases and breathing slows down… Just like when you do mindfulness meditation.
Beneficial for little ones
The first advantage of having a pet at home when you have children is that it reduces their risk of allergy and asthma. Indeed, being in regular contact with an animal enables them to grow accustomed to the hair and saliva, which are highly allergenic. The earlier the child is brought into contact with an animal, the less likely they are to be allergic.
🐶 Having a pet at home also enables your little ones to be responsible. Animals have a routine, you need to feed them, clean them, walk them, etc. It teaches your child to take care of a living being.
Having a pet is also good for your mental health
An aid to fight depression
Everyone can see that the animals we love calm us down and reassure us. Being in contact with a little ball of fur greatly reduces the risk of experiencing symptoms of depression. Having a cat or a dog in the house makes you feel less lonely. Personally, I’ve lived on my own for years, and I’m happy to know that there’s someone waiting for me at home.
➜ As well as having companionship, pet owners have noticed that they have a more positive perception of others. A relationship with an animal allows you to develop more empathy with all living beings as a whole.
Socializing through animals
In addition to this, they promote our social life. Dog owners, for example, say that they’ve never had so many conversations with strangers. It’s a good way to meet new people or simply discuss a simple topic with acquaintances or neighbors.
😺 For children, too, it’s also a good way to communicate. If a child has difficulty expressing themselves with adults, they can do so without any problem, as animals don’t judge.
Animals help the sick
There are more and more nursing and retirement homes that are allowing pets. Elderly people are very reassured and even calmed down by having a cat or a dog in their life. They keep them company on a daily basis and provide them with an undeniable psychological support.
➜ Moreover, health professionals have observed that the consumption of medication is reduced thanks to the presence of animals. They also help children with autistic disorders enormously. Autistic children are more at ease with animals and interact more with them!
Editor’s note: Getting a pet is a responsible act
Pets have a very beneficial influence on us, and doctors agree that they are a precious support for elderly or isolated people. These little creatures bring life into an empty house. But beware, they aren’t a plaster you leave at the side of the road at the first opportunity. Getting a pet is a commitment for many years.
🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!
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