The Benefits of Having a Pet

Believe it or not, when it comes to pet ownership, there are actually a number of proven health benefits for people from physical to mental to social. Here’s a list of five top benefits of owning a pet.

Studies prove that pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than the general population

1. Owning a pet can be good for your heart health. Studies prove that pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than the general population. If you have an active pet, such as a dog, you’ll also get more heart-healthy exercise by walking your dog or jogging, biking or hiking with your pet.

2. Having a pet in your home can actually lower a child's likelihood of developing animal-related allergies by as much as 33%. In fact, children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.

3. Pets can give their owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial for those who struggle with depression. Pets also provide companionship, which can help combat feelings of loneliness, and, in general, pets have been found to boost your overall mood. For this reason, pets are often used in hospitals and nursing homes to boost the mood of sick or elderly patients.

4. Pets can be a great icebreaker when you’re trying to make a connection with another human being. Owners tend to bond quickly when talking about their pets, showing off photos of their animals or even when meeting with their pets at a dog park, outdoor cafes or even while walking with their pet city streets.

5. They help you (or your children) practice compassion and responsibility. Pet ownership can help your children learn empathy while also boosting their self-esteem. Caring for pets teaches responsibility to pet owners of all ages. Proper pet care takes time, effort and dedication—and it can be one of the most rewarding parts of your life.