Benefits Of Adopting & Owning A Pet
Recently many people have chosen to adopt a new four-legged member of the family. Only love is the perfect antidote for stress, so it’s not very hard to see why people adopt pets. In fact, love is but the first of a whole host of benefits a pet can provide.
Less stress, more laughter, and relief from mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety are the most common blessings stemming from the bond between pet and owner. Human family members might look up from their phones long enough to grunt, but Spot or Fluffy will always be there selflessly improving your overall wellness.
A lovelier emotional state can have direct results on a pet owner’s physical health, as well. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the positive effects of a cat or dog on a human’s blood pressure, something that could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke! Even things that appear largely up to chance, like cholesterol and the immune system, can be improved by owning pets.
For families with children, the benefits keep coming. Most people already know how a dog helps little Timmy learn responsibility, but there’s more to gain than just that. Studies show that being around pets at as young an age as possible can help reduce a person's sensitivity to animal allergens and even asthma. Not to mention that a dog can be trained for a whole host of specialty tasks, providing intimate support for children that may need it the most.
Not everyone has the temperament for pet parenthood, though, which very nearly requires the same level of commitment as having a baby. The spot isn’t just a dog with an amusing shame meme. She may be a high-energy breed that will require your constant reassurance. Fluffy is more than just the star of your social media, he might also have a palate that won’t suffer low-quality meals without digestive consequences. Pets are just like children in at least one way: they each have their own personalities, quirks, and foibles.
Although adopting a pet can be a big responsibility, almost everyone takes the plunge eventually. There might be a dog, or cat, or something else entirely out there just waiting to enrich the mind, body, and heart with positive rewards. To a true pet parent, however, the warmth of a pet on their lap is all the reward they need.