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7 Reasons why it’s Healthy to have a Pet

Personally, we wouldn’t even think twice about adopting a dog or a cat. What’s to think? It’s a no-brainer! We love animals and don’t need a reason to actually get one for ourselves. They’re the best company to have, and there’s the added bonus of learning to be responsible via taking care of a pet.

But for those of you who have been denied pet privileges because of whatever reasons (we know, your parents won’t agree to it), there have been studies that prove having a pet has benefits for your health:

1. Lesser chances of developing allergies

If kids grow up around a pet, the chances of developing related allergies are lowered. It prevents the development of allergies such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty sure that’s a great benefit!

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2. Stronger immune systems

Children who are exposed to animals early in life develop stronger immune systems. So getting a pet basically keeps you healthier throughout your life!

source - alternet.org

3. Ice breakers!

It doesn’t matter what breed your dog is, if you’re out for a walk, you’re bound to attract people who take interest in your pet. This is a great help to anyone with social anxiety or someone who’s just awkward around people. Pets help you make new friends!

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4. Decreasing the risk of heart attacks

Studies have shown that having a pet in the house decreases the owner’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which take part in causing a heart attack if they’re high. If someone who has already experienced a heart attack has adopted a pet, their recovery rate improves, too. Adopt an animal for a healthier heart!

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5. Weight check!

If you own a dog, you’re aware of how often you have to go downstairs to give them a walk to ‘finish their business’. As long as you’re the one pulling the leash, you’re definitely on the way to getting slimmer! Giving your dog a walk will make sure you get your regular dose of exercise and have you losing weight in no time!

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6. Keeps depression at bay

It’s proven that having a pet can help their owner with depression. Companionship can help add years to your life, whereas isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for an animal makes a person feel needed and wanted, which is so important for someone who is struggling with depression!

source - huffingtonpost.com

7. Reducing anxiety

Having a pet makes you feel like you always have company, which is a basic human need. They offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for those who are anxious about going out in the world. Pets help you live in the moment and appreciate it!

source - blog.hartz.com

 

We actually know of a very wacky way to maintain good health!