Our furry friends certainly make life a bit sweeter. That fuzzy ball of sweetness giving us attention, gratitude and affection reminds us that we’re loved and needed. But pets offer more to us than just companionship. There are a myriad of health benefits related to pet ownership.
Decrease Stress Levels. Research has shown that having your pet nearby can decrease the level of stress you experience. Whether it be work related, relational or a physical challenge, stress levels were lower with a pet at hand. Some rehabilitation facilities not only allow but encourage bringing a pet to make the experience less stressful and more home like overall.
Lowers Blood Pressure. Having a pet around lowers blood pressure. This is found to be especially true in those who suffer from hypertension or high-risk patients. Researchers believe it’s related to decreasing stress levels. We may experience stress or worry over losing a job, a house or a marriage but we’ll never lose the devotion of our pet.
Reduces Pain. Chronic pain such as arthritis or migraine headaches have been found to be especially receptive to pet therapy. Just like chiropractors offer natural pain relief for headaches, back pain or neck pain, pet therapy is a natural therapy that has been shown to be effective at reducing pain levels. If you’re recovering from an injury, you may find that keeping your pet nearby may help you cope better with the pain and reduce your anxiety about your injury and recovery.
Improving your health alone isn’t the only reason to invest in a pet. A pet of almost any kind can provide companionship, keep you motivated and provide years of pleasure for just you or you and your family. Discuss and research adopting a pet to determine if it would be a suitable match for your lifestyle and then find the pet that will blend most easily with your family. Pets make a great addition to most families and offer natural health benefits that can help you cope with life’s circumstances both big and little.