Human, Animal Relationship: Benefits of having pet animals


By MJ Gonzales│

Dogs, cat, hamster or monkey, whatever your bet to cuddle as your pet there’s really something about them and you that inexplicably amazing and lovely. But apart from sharing space, what are the benefits you get from nurturing cute kitty or puppy.

In the report of Animal Planet, pet ownership doesn’t only bring happiness in your home,   but also to fitness and well-being. You’re already exercising with pleasure if you play and walk your pet to parks.  But besides these the popular television channel about animals also suggests physical activities such as hiking, biking, agility training, and Doga or Yoga for Dogs.

In addition to this, your pet may also help to boost your immune system, and even to lessen your allergies.   In the studies initiated by University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern, he discovered that owning a pet helps to counter developing (about 33%) allergies in kids.  Thus, if you like to strengthen your kids immune system especially against allergies better to let them bond with animals.

To clarify, the anti-allergy factor of owning a pet is not generally applicable for every one especially for adults who are already a history.  If not for allergy, pets can be your best friends when it comes to your heart.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels — all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road,” the Animal Planet reported.

Credit: Pixabay

Credit: Pixabay

“For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets’ tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners’ overall stress levels,”

Meantime, RSPCA or Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Australia shared pets also helps owners and their kids to become more empathetic, confident, positive, and sociable.

“Those who have pets including children or adolescents have been shown to have higher self-esteem. Teenagers who own pets have a more positive outlook on life and report less loneliness, restlessness, despair and boredom,” the   Australian pea organization for animal welfare’s note.

They also added that pets are also “great caregivers” as they stick with their bosses through good times and bad times especially of their sick. That’s aside from their duty to become the official guard of your property.

Garfield, Tom, Scooby Doo, Hachiko, Patrash or whatever your moniker for your favorite animal in the whole wide world, remember that your relationship is beyond being an owner and pet.

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