You heard me! Turns out being a pet owner can offer you serious health benefits and I’m not talking great insurance. Some might say that being a pet owner causes unnecessary stress but it seems like studies have said otherwise. Spending quality time with your cat, dog, or other odd ball pet can actually have a positive impact on your mood and quality of life! Pet researchers have found that on average, pet owners are better off than their non pet-owning counterparts. This is especially the case in instances where pet owners have a high-quality relationship with their pets. Of course what makes a meaningful pet relationship changes from pet to pet and owner to owner. Here are a few ways that owning pets can improve your health.
Listen up! Chances are your dog is making you less likely to get heart disease. On average dog owners tend to walk more and have lower blood pressure than people that don’t have dogs! Even if you do have heart problems, having a pet can help improve existing conditions. Research has shown that survivors of heart attacks and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people (who don’t own dogs) with the same health problems as them! Isn’t that crazy?
Pets are natural stress soothers! Petting your cat or dog doesn’t just feel good and make you happy, it can actually lower your blood pressure. In addition to that incredible effect it can even help your body release a relaxation hormone that helps cut down on levels of a stress hormone. Pets are also social magnets and they can help their owners to connect with other people. Many people agree that when you’re walking around the neighborhood without a dog you’re harder to approach. When you walk around the neighborhood with a dog, you’re far more easily approached. People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely!
Seeing how well your pet takes care of you maybe you should take care of your pet! The best way to do that would be to visit PetCo! They’ve got great deals on everything you need to keep your pet as happy as they keep you. Shop high quality dry food, health & wellness products, grooming & bathing items, bedding, bowls, feeders, crates, and so much more!