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THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING A PET

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Every pet owner knows that beyond the noise, chaos, and drool that often comes with keeping a pet is a set of health benefits as well as life lessons, which our furry companions seem to have a way of teaching us better than anyone else.

Pets boost your immunity towards allergies.

There is growing research that suggests that kids who grow up in homes with furry pets are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, and eczema, debunking the popular notion that households with animals are more likely to trigger the above.

Pets keep your heart healthy.

Stroking a pet is often described as a very calming and therapeutic feeling, and studies have demonstrated that pet owners tend to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels than non-pet owners. Further, dogs need to be taken on regular walks, providing their owners with an avenue for cardiovascular exercise, which contributes further to good heart health.

Pets lessen grief, loneliness, and insecurity.

Therapy dogs are common in the U.S., and they undertake unique therapy work interacting with people ranging from Ground-Zero workers to terminally-ill patients to shy children. Somehow, the non-human nature of these canines allow people who are suffering to relate to them in a way they may not be able to with another human being.

Pets teach you to be responsible.

Someone once said, “Imagine if dogs could take bad owners to the pound.” Too often, pets tend to be viewed as commodities that can be tossed aside when they become an inconvenience. When things get difficult, it can be easy to blame your pet, but there may actually be lessons to learn for the owners. Things such as learning to understand a pet’s misbehaviour and spending time and effort on it teaches us responsibility and interpersonal skills, which will inevitably benefit our human relationships as well.

Pets help you socialise.

Pets are people-magnets. Take a pet out for a stroll and no doubt you’ll have neighbours and random passers-by to whom you might never talk otherwise stopping to give comments or ask questions about your furry friend. This opens up the opportunity to meet new people and foster new friendships.

Pets build patient and tolerance.

Caring for a pet, just like caring for another human being, requires time, patience, and quite often, sacrifice. In the long run, this helps us become less self-centred, whilst building up our patience and tolerance. Furthermore, you can be assured that unlike human beings, if you invest your time and care in a pet, they will forever be loyal to you.

Thinking of getting a pet? Adopt, don’t buy! There are plenty of lovable animals who are in need of good homes and that you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy. Check out Paws Mission if you’re interested in adopting a dog and PetFinder.my for dogs, cats, and other animals.

Images: Courtesy of Paws Mission

 

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