Having a pet in the home can bring a lot of joy and companionship, but did you know that it can also have many health benefits? Studies have shown that living with pets can reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. Pets can provide emotional support during times of stress, and help teach children responsibility. However, for people who are allergic to certain animals, having pets in the home can do more harm than good. For over two decades, research has demonstrated that living with pets has a range of positive effects on our health. Pets can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
They can even be helpful when it comes to dating! According to a Purina survey, 54% of pet owners said that their pets helped them start a conversation with someone they were interested in. Of those surveyed for the study, 93% of pet owners said they could easily name at least one way in which their pet had made them better people, such as making them more patient or affectionate. Pets are natural listeners, and your child may be more comfortable practicing their reading skills aloud in front of a pet than someone else. Your pet could be the perfect topic of conversation for your next Zoom call, but having a pet could also help you make more friends once social distancing guidelines are removed. However, it's not always easy to care for pets, and sometimes keeping them at home poses a health hazard for older adults. If you have problems with gait and stability and your pet can get under your feet or jump and hit you, then falls and broken bones are a real danger. More and more studies suggest that children who grow up in a home with furry animals, whether cats or dogs as pets, or on a farm and exposed to large animals, are less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma.
While pets can sometimes disturb their sleep, some owners enjoy the comfort of snuggling up with their pet nearby.