Is your pet good for you?
They aren’t called ‘man’s best friend’ for no reason, but could your pet actually be good for you?
Other than being a loyal mate, here are a few reasons why pets are good for you:
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, pets can help their owners relieve stress and they are particularly good for veterans, stressed students and children with anxiety.
There are mental and emotional benefits to having a pet as pet owners are typically less hassled. Pets are also good for companionship for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Pet owners also have a higher self-esteem, are likely to be more extraverted and less lonely. Pets can also help owners feel better when they feel rejected. Looking after a pet can provide purpose and belonging and also joy when your pet is happy to see you after a long day at work.
For those suffering with chronic pain, having a pet can reduce anxiety and associated pain.
Physical activity promoters
Pets encourage physical activity and get their owners outdoors. Physical activity results in numerous health benefits including improved mental health and reduced stress.
Immune system boosters
Owning pets can improve immunity and prevent allergies. Children especially, will benefit from owning a pet as they will develop fewer allergies. Children with pets are less likely to miss school due to illness.
Social connection creators Pets are great for making social connections and are a great conversation starter. Pet owners are also more likely to meet their neighbours compared to non-pet owners. Those with dogs are most likely to make new relationships, mainly when walking their dogs, but those with cats, rabbits and even snakes also form connections thanks to their pet.
Better health makers
Pets can help to lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol in men. Cats can make you 30 per cent less likely to have a heart attack and 40 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke.