Your four-legged friend is more than a companion. It’s a member of your family, supplying you with many memorable moments over the years.
And if you haven’t experienced the joys of pet ownership yet, you need to. Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive by owning a pet.
You’ll Exercise More
Dog owners can attest to the fun it can be to take your pooch on a stroll around the neighborhood, play fetch at a park or let them run wild on the beach while you try to keep up. All of this activity is great for them and healthy for you. Regular exercise can lower your risk of incurring chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes later in life.
Pets Can Help You Manage Stress
It doesn’t matter what kind of day you had at the office, when you come home it’s always a surprise party as your cat or dog greets you in their own quirky way. And when you pet them for 15 to 30 minutes a day, it can lower your cortisol-a stress hormone that contributes to obesity and heart disease.
You Feel Less Lonely
Pets provide you with a sense of belonging. Having that interaction with another being gives you a feeling of connectedness. And if you’re a dog owner, taking your pooch on walks could increase your chances of socializing with other dog owners.
Pets Fight Allergies
This might seem counterintuitive, but many studies conducted including one by the Clinical Experimental Allergy found that infants who grew up with dogs and cats in the home were less likely to have allergies when they grow up.
They Can Teach Responsibility
Having a pet is a rewarding experience, but it comes with many responsibilities too. There’s ensuring the cat or dog has a healthy diet, has good hygiene, and you are compliant with its vet visits as they age to ensure a good quality of life. All of this can serve as an excellent learning experience for your children, who can learn how to care for your pet.
They Make Great Security Guards
Dogs are territorial by nature and can sense when things might be awry. They also serve as great deterrents for thieves, who typically look for the easiest house to target for their robberies. When they identify dogs, it might prevent them from targeting your home since they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. In turn, dogs can make you feel more secure and keep your home safe.
You’re Happier When You Have a Pet
All of these factors show that pet ownership can make you a happier person. You’ll exercise more, you’ll reduce stress through petting, you have more opportunities for socializing, and the sense of belonging can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels. And the companionship pets provide will fill your life with loving memories for years to come.
When you get a new pet, it’s important to have the right coverages in place for its new environment. You can speak with an independent Cole Harrison agent, who will ensure you have all the coverages you need for your home, auto, and more.