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The Benefits Of Owning A Pet

Posted by Jan Payne on September 4, 2020

A picture of a cat gently nuzzling herself against a dog's face

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It’s a well-known fact that having a pet is good for you. Good for your mental well-being, your physical well-being, and most importantly, as this affects the other two, your emotional well-being.

The love of a dog, or a cat, or any animal with feelings is unconditional. All they ask in return is that you treat them kindly and love them back.

The bond between a child and a dog is something that a child will remember long into adulthood. The shared adventures, the fun, the loyalty and friendship can be as strong as the bond between siblings and friends.

A person living alone benefits hugely from the warmth and companionship of having a pet. The house no longer feels empty. There is a presence to greet you when you come home and a companion to share your days and nights with. Just the fact of stroking and holding a pet is comforting and enjoyable and is known to calm stress and anxiety levels and restore equilibrium.

There is a scientific reason why being with pets gives you a feeling of well-being. Seeing the affection in their expression releases a chemical called oxytocin. This is an endorphin which provides you with a lift and makes you feel good in much the same way as seeing a close friend or a member of the family does.

But the other scientific reason why having a pet is beneficial is that pets, like dogs or horses, need exercise and exercise is key to a healthy body and a healthy mind. You may not be someone who likes exercise, but the fact that your dog needs walking every day gives you the incentive to get outdoors and into the fresh air.

Many experts say that walking regularly is a far better way to keep fit than by going for the occasional jog. It’s better for the joints and has a dramatic impact on health, especially if you are aged between 40 and 60. And when you reach 60, don’t stop – keep on into your 70s, 80s and 90s, too!

Exercise releases those all-important endorphins and gives you a feeling of calmness and well-being. Importantly, it also helps to keep you fit and supple and improves blood pressure and circulation. Exercise pumps oxygen into the brain, too, so you think more clearly and, where perhaps you felt tired and listless, after a brisk walk in the fresh air, you’ll feel more energetic.

Getting out of the house and walking is also an excellent way to meet other pet owners, other walkers, other people with a shared interest. What’s not to like?

So, the case for having a pet is a strong one. And the case for having a healthy pet is even stronger. If your pet is getting older and needs extra attention, or if you are getting older and need help looking after your pet, then visit our website where you’ll find a range of products to help alleviate problems with arthritic joints in pets and humans, dog ramps for cars, long-handled pooper scoopers and much more.

Just remember, happy, healthy pets mean happier, healthier owners!