There are approximately one million benefits to owning a pet.
There are the cuddles, the excitement, the companionship, the fun, the hilarity, the friendship – the list goes on.
Personally, my dog is great at conversations. He knows when I’m speaking to him and clearly responds with facial expressions. Often I ask him to “use his words” but we’re not quite there yet.
I can say without reservation that he’s my best friend. I tell him about my day, we cuddle late at night and go on LOTS of adventures.
Not only do pets bring us unprecedented joy, but owning one brings a whole host of physical and psychological health benefits.
So don’t take my word for it, science says having a pet is good for you.
1. Increased cardiovascular health
Owning a pet lowers blood pressure and, in men, cholesterol. A study by Vormbrock and Grossberg demonstrated the ‘pet effect’ – that human-dog interactions, specifically talking to and patting a dog, are associated with lower blood pressure than interaction with other humans.
THANK GOD. I’m never speaking to another human again.
Patting your dog or cat is associated with lower blood pressure than interaction with other humans. Image: Pexels.
2. Increased physical activity
Apart from the substantial energy it takes to clean up after your pet when they’ve had an ‘accident’ or ripped up your favourite piece of furniture, pets keep you accountable when it comes to exercise.