It has become increasingly common to find a dog or a cat in most households. It might have something to do with the degree of stress that we face in our lives, or simply because we love our four-legged companions. Either way, having a pet can have a healthy effect on our lives.
Dog owners get much more exercise due to having to walk their canine companions and playing with them. We all know that regular physical activity is one of the things that can protect us from cardiovascular diseases.
When you add a pet to a household with a baby, the furry pet also brings with them different kinds of bacteria. Exposure to these critters at an early age doesn’t harm the kid, if the exposure is under six hours. Instead, it results in a stronger immune system.
Of course, there isn’t good news for kids alone. Adults also enjoy many health benefits from contact with pets. In fact, when you pet your cat or dog, you are actually helping the release of serotonin and dopamine. Known as the happy hormones, their increased levels can lower your stress levels and blood pressure.
Pets can improve our moods, leaving us feeling calmer and more stable. They also help sharpen our focus and increase motivation when accomplishing a goal.
We have all heard how therapy, service, and emotional support dogs can make people’s lives better. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy different physical, emotional, and mental benefits with your untrained pet. Pets enrich lives, no matter what level of training they have received!