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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!