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Stand by Your Pet: Health Benefits of Animals

Although this is an article about pets, it is not meant for pet owners. Living their lives next to their favorite fur balls, they have by now already figured out what makes them an irreplaceable part of their lives. This article is for the people who are debating whether to buy a pet or not, and for those who think a pet would never fit into their lifestyle. Read on if you belong into one of these categories, because what you are about to read might just change your opinion.  

1) Pets are there when your mood needs improvement

A cat, dog, or any other pet for that matter will bring life into your home. The very fact that they are around serves as a great mood improver. It’s all about chemistry, really - levels of stress inducing hormone Cortisol are lowered significantly when we are in the presence of a pet. But this is not all there is. You’ve probably already heard about the health benefits of stroking a cat, whose purring has a soothing effects on our nerves.

2) Blood pressure is rarely a problem when you have a pet

Connected with the previous point, by reducing the amount of stress in your life pets help you keep your blood pressure low. The studies showed a significant difference in blood pressure levels between pet owners and people who did not own them. Children who suffer from high blood pressure can benefit greatly from petting their dog.

3) Fight depression with your best friends

It is a known fact that friends are one of the crucial factors in helping depressed people get back on their feet. However, for one reason or another, our friends are not always available to be their for us when we need them. Pets, on the other hand, offer us unconditional love and are always around when we need them. Their support can be life changing, and this is why psychologists often recommend having them around.

4) Pets can keep you in shape

Dog owners are generally more active than people who do not own dogs. They play with them and take them to long walks, often several times a day. They visit pet doctors and their favorite pet shop, often weekly. This not only helps their pets, but contributes to their own fitness too.

5) Pets are immunity builders

Many people are hesitant to buy a cat or a dog when there is a little baby in the house, fearing that whatever the pets bring with them might hurt their child. The truth is quite opposite, as a matter of fact. People who spend their early years in the company of the family pet have stronger immunity and, later in life, they are much less likely to get sick than the people who grew up in a sterile home. This is because child’s immune system learns to deal with bacteria and viruses early on.     

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