To keep with this month’s themes of taking care of yourself and pets, I’ve complied some reasons that having a pet can be good for you. Take a peek:
- Pet owners have lower blood pressure and lower cholesteral levels and in general, this puts them at a reduced risk for heart disease.
- Pet owners report fewer headaches, fewer bouts of indigestion and less difficulty sleeping.
- Dog owners in particular, exercise more though you can certainly get exercise playing with an energetic cat or kitten.
- Pets help safeguard against depression or loneliness.
- Pets actually help improve social skills.
- For children, owing a pet improves their self esteem – someone who loves them unconditionally and wants their undivided attention.
- Pets reduce the number of visits to a doctor by elderly patients
- Pets help to ease loss. An older person whose spouse has died is less likely to experience deterioration in health if he or she is attached to a pet.