Living With Pets Can Keep Us Healthy

Pet lovers couldn’t agree more that there are lots of benefits in owning pets (or being owned by your pet for that matter). It’s pretty obvious if you go to the park in the morning and just look around. You will see lots of people walking their dogs or at least a person would be seen jogging with a dog. In our neighborhood, I have an 85-year old neighbor who happily walks her dog in the morning and in the afternoon.

So much about walking and jogging. Some hospitals allow licensed pets to visit children and other patients. Same is also true in nursing homes. Sometimes our pets even know better if we are not feeling well. I experience this with our cats. When someone in the family is sick, at least one of our cats will sleep beside the sick family member. When I was down with flu, I woke up one afternoon and 3 of our cats were snuggled with me.  They have ways of healing us both  psychologically and physiologically.

English: Jogging with dog at Carcavelos Beach ...

English: Jogging with dog at Carcavelos Beach Português: Fazendo jogging com o cão na Praia de Carcavelos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pets relieve stress. We all know this. I have personally observed households with pets and without pets. In a household with pets, the family members exude a certain spirit of warmth and happiness. The opposite is observed in a household without pets. People are more uptight. I do not know if I’m just being biased about this since I’m a pet owner. But I have observed it on several occasions on different households. Your opinion is welcome.

I can go on and on about the benefits of having a four-legged buddy. While there may be disadvantages such as additional cleanup chores and some dents in the budget for their food, veterinary, pet care, the benefits still far outweigh the disadvantages.

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  1. Brenda Nelson

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