Pet ownership has benefits
Are you a “dog person” or a “cat person”? Most people can rattle off their preference without any hesitation. We all seem to retain fierce allegiances to whichever animal we prefer. Regardless of which pet you favor, something that both cat and dog lovers have in common are the health benefits that they gain from owning their pet.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the health benefits to owning a pet include decreasing:
- Blood Pressure
- Cholesterol Levels
- Triglyceride Levels
- Feelings of Loneliness
Pet ownership can also increase:
- Opportunities for Exercise and Outdoor Activities
- Opportunities for Socialization
Pets can even boost your Immune System. Studies are also starting to show that pets help lower the risk of developing asthma and certain allergies.
Whether it is helping relieve stress, easing anxiety, helping you recover from an illness, or keeping you active, upbeat, and happy, your pet may be doing much more for you than you ever realized. One study even suggests that caring for a pet can add years to your life expectancy.
Pets have been used for years in retirement communities, homes, schools, hospitals, and even in areas where a natural disaster has occurred to bring comfort, affection, and a sense of calm. Some colleges and universities even bring pets to campus during midterm and final exam weeks to help students manage their stress, relax, and smile.
So, if you do not own a pet yourself, find a friend who does and experience the healthy, active, and positive lifestyle that comes with pet ownership!
by Dylan Kessler
Primrose staff writer