Owning pets is actually good for your mental and physical health. It can decrease depression and stress, lower your blood pressure, decrease the risk of heart attack, and so on. What are the other health benefits of having pet?
1. Decreases stress
A study founds that people who have a stressful task will experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a spouse, family member, or close friend was nearby.
2. Lower blood pressure
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having pet is potential to lower blood pressure, especially in hypertensive or high-risk patient.
3. Eases pain
Pets can be a powerful medicine, especially for person with chronic condition such as migraines or arthritis. Pet reduces anxiety, and the less anxiety, the less pain you have.
4. Lower cholesterol
People who have pets have significantly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than those who doesn’t own a pet.
5. Improves mood
People who have pet are less worried and have more laughter. It is because there will be your pet that will greet your arrival at home.
6. Helps people socialize
Owning a dog actually increases the owner’s opportunities to socialize. It happen when you take your dog for a stroll, you will meet other dog owner and then chatting while you walk your dog.
7. Prevent strokes
Having a cat will reduce 30% of the risk of having heart attack and 40% less likely to have cardiovascular disease like stroke.
8. Monitor blood sugar level for diabetics
Study founds that one-third of the pets living with diabetics would change their behaviour when their owner’s blood sugar level dropped.
9. Prevent allergies and improves immunity
The more pet you have earlier in life, the fewer allergies you’ll develop. But getting a pet as an adult will not minimize allergies.
10. Helps children develop
When a child is attached to pets, they will learn to express themselves in more ways and they’ll learn to relate better. For a children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), having pet can encourage them to focus on responsibilities. And for the autistic, sensory experience of holding and petting animal can be soothing for them.