how pets can improve your health

Mike Powell
December 08, 2020

Having a pet can make a noticeable difference to our mood. How can we not feel better when we’re met at the door with a wildly wagging canine tail or a purring, leg-rubbing feline every time we get home? 

But did you know that your pet can help improve your overall health? It’s true! 

Boost Immune System
This is true for adults, but it’s particularly effective for children who grow up with pets. If you want your kids to have a healthy immune system from the start, get a pet. 

According to studies, exposure to pets from a young age can decrease chances of developing asthma, allergies, and even obesity. Adults can get this benefit,  too, although it may take longer for their immune system to get the message. 

Promote Mental Health 
A study showed that people who struggle with mental health issues can benefit  greatly from having a pet. Our loving fluffs provide a sense of security and stability, reduce loneliness, and are a welcome distraction from negative thoughts. 

In fact, around 60% of people involved in the study placed their pets in their innermost circles of important characters in their lives. 

Provide Companionship 
If you live alone, the lack of company may sometimes be difficult to deal with. Feelings of loneliness can manifest as unhealthy choices in diet, activity, and more.  

Pets are the perfect antidote to loneliness. They’re always there whether you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to make you laugh. 

Offer Opportunity for Exercise 
It can be hard to incorporate exercise into your day if you don’t know where to begin or if you aren’t into fitness as a hobby. 

Having a pet can be an easy and fun way to get out of the house and burn some calories. Most dogs need at least a walk around the block every day and even some cats enjoy being walked on a leash. 

You don’t need to go all out. Just a simple walk or jog around the corner and back with your pet could be a great starting point to shift your lifestyle to a healthier one. 

Identify Health Crises 
Medical alert dogs can be an invaluable tool to those who have certain health conditions. Dogs have been trained to detect abnormal blood sugar levels, predict oncoming seizures, reduce anxiety, and more. For some people, having a pet could literally be a life saver. 

Don’t expect miracles, though. It’s up to you to work with your pet if you want to incorporate them in your healthy lifestyle. 

If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting one.

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