Why Are Pets Good for Our Health?

Why Are Pets Good for Our Health?

Last update: 05 June, 2015

Giving and receiving love is a joy. Just like small children, pets require lots of love and attention. It is this reason that makes them so good for our health. When we care for them, it makes us feel positive, good about ourselves and reduces stress.

Though you do need a lot of work and money to look after pets (they require vaccines, food and general good health), you need to have a lot of space and time. A cat requires enough space to feel comfortable and dogs need to be walked every day.

However, the positive effect that a pet can have on our physical and mental health surpasses the effort it requires to look after one.

Why is it a good idea to have a pet?

Pets help to reduce anxiety and stress

Having a pet helps us relax and generate good feelings. It has been scientifically proven. When we have less stress in our lives, we tend to eat less junk food, smoke and drink less. If you are trying to quit an unhealthy habit, having a pet can really help.

Those trying to conceive a child may feel less anxious when they have a pet like a dog. When they get a pet, couples tend to relax and achieve the pregnancy they were looking for.

It helps to improve our self-esteem

A pet can give us lots of love and attention, which boosts our self-worth.

It helps us to exercise

Owning a pet like a dog forces us to go for walks. Taking a dog for a walk can help us to lose weight and tone up.

It increases our social life

Taking your dog for a walk can help you meet new people in the park as you may strike up a conversation with others who have a dog.

Things to consider when getting a pet

How much time can you dedicate to them

If you lead a busy lifestyle then a cat makes a good pet as it requires less attention. Dogs need to be walked every day, so they are best for those who have more time to dedicate to them.

There are several organisations that assign pets to new owners. Many of these animals have been rescued from abusive or poor situations and require a lot of love and attention.

How much space do they need?

Small pets are ideal for apartments, whereas larger breeds need more room.

If you have the time and space to dedicate to an animal why not consider taking one into your home.