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Surprising benefits of having a pet

Surprising benefits of having a pet

If you're wondering whether to introduce a pet to your home, you've probably already considered some of the downsides to acquiring a furry companion. The responsibility, the expense, the pet hair, the potential noise, the limited lifespan of dogs and cats all mean that becoming a pet owner is a significant commitment.

But pets can ease loneliness, boost our moods, and keep us active and fit. Whether you opt to own a dog or a cat - or maybe both - the extraordinary bond between us and our pets means that they soon become a much-loved part of the family. Read on to discover some more benefits of having a pet.


Pets make us feel safer and less alone

Having a dog by our side can help us feel safer, whether going out after dark or in specific locations. And just having them there to talk to makes us feel less alone. In addition, dogs give you the opportunity to meet other dog walkers and chat about your pets.

Pets are good for your heart

Being a dog owner will keep you active and boost your energy levels. A dog not only keeps you company but also encourages you to exercise more, which may be beneficial to your cardiac health.

Owning a dog has also been linked to reduced cardiovascular risk. You don't need to take your pet on long hikes, just being more active by playing with them in the garden or the park will keep you and your dog healthy.

Pets can help reduce anxiety and stress

Cats and dogs can be fantastic for lowering stress levels and reducing anxiety. After all, they're there for us every day, come rain or shine, and will be by our side while we face challenging moments. Anyone who owns a pet will know how calming and reassuring it is to cuddle or play with them after a difficult day.

The therapeutic value of a pet is clear when it comes to settings such as hospitals, schools and care homes. Animals can be beneficial in assisting recovery and providing company and support when we are at our most vulnerable.

Pets help us keep fit

Exercising with your dog is a brilliant way to improve your fitness while strengthening your bond. Walking, hiking or running with your dog will all improve your strength and fitness. And exercising outdoors will lift your mood and improve your mental health.

Pets help us to be more sociable

It can be daunting to meet new friends (or even old ones), but having a dog by your side can help break the ice - you'll soon have an endless store of cute, funny stories to tell. Your furry companion may also help you feel more at ease when venturing into a new place or visiting family and friends.

Pets help us cope in a crisis

We all face challenging times in our lives, and pets can help us through traumas such as bereavements. Our faithful companions are always there to provide comfort and unconditional love. And it has long been recognised that dogs can provide support for people with PTSD (post-traumatic support disorder)

Pets can provide companionship

Pets such as guide dogs or hearing dogs trained to help with a specific need are fantastic companions for people with learning or physical disabilities. Community dogs in schools and care homes are also much-loved furry friends to provide comfort and support to the residents.

Cats, too, provide affection and reassurance, greeting you when you come in and cuddling up with you on the couch.

Pets can teach children responsibility

Pets are fantastic companions for children and help to teach them life skills such as having a daily routine and being responsible for feeding or brushing them. Having a pet by their side can also help children be more confident and overcome any worries or anxieties, such as making new friends or going to places they find daunting.

Kids can also help train a new pet, which can improve their self-confidence and help them understand different behaviours. Getting your pet accustomed to their new home can take time and patience. If a new cat or dog is stressed or anxious as they adapt to their new environment, Bach Flowers for Dogs and Bach Flowers for Cats can help them to feel calmer and more comfortable while they settle in.

A final word - pets make us happier!

A pet is a lifelong commitment, and preparing for a pet is a serious task. So, do your research and consider all the pros and cons - which will be different for every family - before making your decision. But for many of us, the positive aspects of caring for a pet far outweigh the disadvantages.

From breezy walks to endless games and snuggly cuddles, pets provide a bond and a relationship that brings lasting benefits. Put simply, pets bring joy to our lives!


Sources:

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-help-and-advice/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/the-benefits-of-owning-a-pet

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/advice/pets/the-benefits-of-pet-ownership

Created by Tom Vermeersch

Tom Vermeersch

Tom Vermeersch is a certified Psychologist and Bach flower expert with more than 30 years of experience.

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Surprising benefits of having a pet

Surprising benefits of having a pet
Surprising benefits of having a pet

If you're wondering whether to introduce a pet to your home, you've probably already considered some of the downsides to acquiring a furry companion. The responsibility, the expense, the pet hair, the potential noise, the limited lifespan of dogs and cats all mean that becoming a pet owner is a significant commitment.

But pets can ease loneliness, boost our moods, and keep us active and fit. Whether you opt to own a dog or a cat - or maybe both - the extraordinary bond between us and our pets means that they soon become a much-loved part of the family. Read on to discover some more benefits of having a pet.

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Pets make us feel safer and less alone

Having a dog by our side can help us feel safer, whether going out after dark or in specific locations. And just having them there to talk to makes us feel less alone. In addition, dogs give you the opportunity to meet other dog walkers and chat about your pets.

Pets are good for your heart

Being a dog owner will keep you active and boost your energy levels. A dog not only keeps you company but also encourages you to exercise more, which may be beneficial to your cardiac health.

Owning a dog has also been linked to reduced cardiovascular risk. You don't need to take your pet on long hikes, just being more active by playing with them in the garden or the park will keep you and your dog healthy.

Pets can help reduce anxiety and stress

Cats and dogs can be fantastic for lowering stress levels and reducing anxiety. After all, they're there for us every day, come rain or shine, and will be by our side while we face challenging moments. Anyone who owns a pet will know how calming and reassuring it is to cuddle or play with them after a difficult day.

The therapeutic value of a pet is clear when it comes to settings such as hospitals, schools and care homes. Animals can be beneficial in assisting recovery and providing company and support when we are at our most vulnerable.

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Exercising with your dog is a brilliant way to improve your fitness while strengthening your bond. Walking, hiking or running with your dog will all improve your strength and fitness. And exercising outdoors will lift your mood and improve your mental health.

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It can be daunting to meet new friends (or even old ones), but having a dog by your side can help break the ice - you'll soon have an endless store of cute, funny stories to tell. Your furry companion may also help you feel more at ease when venturing into a new place or visiting family and friends.

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We all face challenging times in our lives, and pets can help us through traumas such as bereavements. Our faithful companions are always there to provide comfort and unconditional love. And it has long been recognised that dogs can provide support for people with PTSD (post-traumatic support disorder)

Pets can provide companionship

Pets such as guide dogs or hearing dogs trained to help with a specific need are fantastic companions for people with learning or physical disabilities. Community dogs in schools and care homes are also much-loved furry friends to provide comfort and support to the residents.

Cats, too, provide affection and reassurance, greeting you when you come in and cuddling up with you on the couch.

Pets can teach children responsibility

Pets are fantastic companions for children and help to teach them life skills such as having a daily routine and being responsible for feeding or brushing them. Having a pet by their side can also help children be more confident and overcome any worries or anxieties, such as making new friends or going to places they find daunting.

Kids can also help train a new pet, which can improve their self-confidence and help them understand different behaviours. Getting your pet accustomed to their new home can take time and patience. If a new cat or dog is stressed or anxious as they adapt to their new environment, Bach Flowers for Dogs and Bach Flowers for Cats can help them to feel calmer and more comfortable while they settle in.

A final word - pets make us happier!

A pet is a lifelong commitment, and preparing for a pet is a serious task. So, do your research and consider all the pros and cons - which will be different for every family - before making your decision. But for many of us, the positive aspects of caring for a pet far outweigh the disadvantages.

From breezy walks to endless games and snuggly cuddles, pets provide a bond and a relationship that brings lasting benefits. Put simply, pets bring joy to our lives!


Sources:

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-help-and-advice/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/the-benefits-of-owning-a-pet

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/advice/pets/the-benefits-of-pet-ownership


Marie Pure

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