The human journey has always involved – and hinged on – our relationships with animals. Initially, of course, animals were a strategic part of our survival, but our connections evolved over time. Now, we not only count certain species as integral to our day-to-day lives, but our overall health and well-being flourishes as a result of the human-animal bond. Keep reading to learn more about the important health benefits of pet ownership!
Beyond the Cute Factor
From the moment you saw your pet, you probably knew he or she was “the one.” Whether it was a distinct personality trait that sealed your connection or an irreplaceable cute factor, your pet made an indelible paw print on your heart.
Fast forward to your daily routine. You have a hungry belly to feed, excited paws that need exercise, a fur coat that needs brushing, and teeth to brush. While these activities may seem like chores, they actively keep you engaged and deeply connected to your pet. This higher level of involvement plays a significant role in your pet’s overall health – and affects their devotion to you.
Physical and Emotional
It’s been proven that owners of pets are more active. This is especially true with pets who require long walks or runs to remain calm and happy at home. After intense workouts, your pet is content, and you help yourself by burning off last night’s pizza.
Pet ownership from an early age has been associated with a lowered risk of developing allergies and asthma, and it teaches kids about compassion, self-worth, unconditional love, empathy, and responsibility.
Beyond the obvious physical benefits, pet ownership is also linked to:
- Stress relief
- Lowered blood pressure
- Decreased symptoms of depression
- Reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Decreased anxiety
All it takes is a few moments to stroke your pet’s back or look into those dreamy eyes, and your heart rate slows, breathing relaxes, and blood pressure normalizes. No wonder it feels like bliss to snuggle up together!
Connected to the World
Furthermore, pet ownership helps soothe any feelings of social isolation. The truth is, animals help us break the ice and meet people with whom we may not normally interact. Walking, hiking, or visiting the dog park provide important social interactions for both of you.
Mutually Beneficial Pet Ownership
Not only do you feel better around your pet’s adoring eyes, but your pet’s health is directly impacted by the human-animal bond. Research shows that pet owners with strong ties are far more likely to invest in routine wellness care and specialty veterinary services. Similarly, they’re prone to closely following their vet’s recommendations, staving off any developing health problems. Win-win!
Sweet, Furry, Fuzzy
Few endeavors compete with pet ownership. No matter what’s going on in your life, your pet is there to calm you – and make you laugh. With their companionship, you’re happier and healthier, and your pet is too!
As always, please contact AIMSS with any questions or concerns. We welcome your call!