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DATE 5/21/2016

Is my life better with my pet?

Is my life better with my pet?

Whether it's a cat or a dog, one thing is for sure, pets bring joy, unconditional love and happiness to every home they are part of.

Health benefits of having a pet

Studies show that having a pet can improve your physical, mental and emotional health. Most of the pet owners have already felt the benefits, but those of you who still have doubts about owning a pet, keep reading further.  Dogs are excellent activity motivators. By taking your dog on a regular daily walk, you will not only  reduce the risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol levels, but it can also help you to lose weight or get in a better shape. Petting an animal or even watching fish or birds can reduce anxiety, stress and lower your blood pressure. If you are still not convinced, let me put it in a social perspective. Dogs are excellent social icebreakers that will make interactions with other people easier and give you plenty to talk about.

Pets and children

Having a pet can teach children to responsibility, empathy and perseverance. Researchers found that children who grew up with pets are less self-centered, show  more self-esteem and nurturing skills. When accompanied by pets, children with mental disabilities showed  improvements in  their responsiveness and attention span.

Pets and seniors

Cats and dogs are perfect for elderly citizens who suffer from loneliness and depression. Having a loyal, furry companion can bring laughter to gloomy days, encourage social interaction and promote optimistic thinking. By caring for a pet, seniors can find a sense of purpose and consistency in their lives.

The downside of having a pet

Pets have a life span shorter than ours and that's the only inevitable downside of being a pet owner. Before rushing into making a decision that can affect your life and the life of your future pet, here are some questions that you should answer.

What is your lifestyle and activity level?

Does your work schedule allow you to spend significant time with your pet?

Can you afford food, bedding, grooming supplies and regular visits to the vet?

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Article written by Ivana Damcheska who is a biologist, passionate freelance writer and proud owner of two dogs.  

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