If you are a pet owner than you already know that your pet brings you such joy and comfort. Each of our pets has their own unique attitude and temperament we have grown to love. Our furry friends are our family members and very special. Those who may not own a pet are missing out! Okay. To be fair not everyone is able to own a pet for one reason or another. However, I must say that a life shared with another is so much better than riding solo. With that said, here are 9 ways Pets can improve your quality of Life.
1) A best friend & family member
When we adopt or take in a pet they become one of the family. With this said our pets share all our ups and downs and everything in between. They share this life journey with us and give us comfort, listen and are always by our side. And on top of everything else they show us love; whether it is with a purr or a slobbery wet kiss on the cheek. They often take on the role of best friend and/or family.
2) Heart Health/Physical Activity
Secondly, studies show that dogs help to benefit our heart health by helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Ideally, dog owners get out the house to walk their dog multiple times per day and thereby incorporate more physical activity and recreational activities into their daily routine. These two aspects benefit the overall wellness and health of the heart.
3) Help with Depression
Pets help with lifting our mood and easing feelings of depression and negativity. Their presence helps make us smile, and ease tension. Also the act of snuggling up next to you on your lap or beside you helps promote touch and comfort. These are little ways in which pets help alter our mood in a positive way. And let’s not forget their cute faces!
4) Reduce feelings of loneliness
Daily interaction with our pets helps to ease or even eliminate feelings of loneliness. Our pets never leave our side and always show support when we need it most. This even applies to the most aloof kitty. They show support and sense when something is wrong with us whether we realize it or not. Regardless of the chaos going on in our lives, our pets remain loyal. I’m sure you can name a time when you felt the whole world was against you, but your pet was right there to be your support system.
5) Stronger Immunity in Kids
An interesting aspect of owning a pet is the ability for children to develop stronger immunity and reduce chance of allergies. According to an article written by Time magazine, “Children who live with dogs and cats are less likely to develop allergies to those animals later in life, but only if the pet is under the same roof while the child is still an infant, a new study suggests.”
6) Social magnets
Are you an introvert? Do you have trouble meeting new people? Well chances are if you take your dog outside for a walk to your local park or even just a stroll outside, somebody is going to take notice of you AND your dog. Dogs walking in public are magnets for socialization. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve walked down the street and notice a cute puppy before an infant in a stroller. As an animal lover, you cannot help but notice their cute furry face. I can recall one day I had a bad morning and while commuting into work, I ran into a man with his dog (who was dressed to impress in a pink sparkle collar and doggie coat). Seeing this dog instantly cheered me up. Those big brown eyes looking at me as she happily wagged her tail was all it took for me soften my bad attitude that day and say. “Cute dog. What’s her name?” Ironically, the dog cheered me up just by her presence alone and also my compliment made her pet parent one proud papa.
7) Reduce overall stress
Expanding upon my commute interaction, pets have a great way of helping us reduce our daily stress. Dogs and cats have an uncanny ability to soothe us with a purr or wag of their tail. Or perhaps your pet is the type to demand attention and snuggles up next to you. Sometimes, every once in a while, your pet will do something silly to make you laugh out loud. All these little things make me smile, remember to take a breather and not sweat the small stuff so much.
8) Service dogs/Animal assisted therapies
Another clever way pets help make our lives better is by assisting people. They can do this in a variety of ways; from military pets being united with war veterans to Seeing Eye dogs helping the blind. There are even dogs and cats that help to give comfort to terminally ill elderly patients and also young children battling illnesses in hospitals. Dogs have also been known to warn and alert patients that live with conditions like seizures or diabetes. There are people who swear their dogs helped to save their lives because they were able to warn their owner in advance when their sugar levels were too low or too high. Service dogs also have been able to give comfort to kids with ADHD and Autism.
9) Unconditional love
Last but not least our pets give us unconditional love and support. No matter what we look like or what we wear, our pets demonstrate to us what real love truly is. Our furry friends are right along with us for the bumpy ride in this journey called life all the way until their own heart stops beating. They exemplify what the definition of love is.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
What did you think of this list? Would you add anything extra? How has having a pet improved your life? Comment below and share.