Pet ownership is one of the most rewarding things a person can experience. Their big eyes and even bigger hearts make them impossible not to love. These balls of fur have a way of making even the worst situations just a little bit better. Not only are they cute and lovable, they also have an uncanny way of knowing when their humans are sad, anxious, or upset and can even detect cancer cells!
Amazingly, this service dog, whose owner has fainting spells, can detect when he is going to pass out 15 minutes before it happens! And knows exactly what to do to help revive him.
Beyond these amazing, almost supernatural abilities, that even scientists have a hard time figuring out, the benefits of owning a dog can be experienced in an ordinary day to day way as well. According to a research study, people with a dog or cat had lower resting heart rates and blood pressure measures at the beginning of the experiment than non-pet owners. When doing a math task, those with a dog or cat were also less likely to have spikes in heart rates and blood pressure.
Another study found that having your dog in the room lowered blood pressure better than taking a popular type of blood pressure medication. And that simply stroking a pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. They have also been known to ease anxiety in children.
Benefits to the elderly
Pet ownership is also an important part of overall well-being for elderly people. A study indicated that those with a cat or dog were better able to perform day-to-day tasks such as climbing stairs, bending over, kneeling and stooping. As well as preparing meals, dressing and bathing. They also contribute to psychological well-being by giving elderly individuals a care-taking role and giving them a sense of responsibility and purpose.
Benefits to children
Studies also indicate that having a pet can be even more beneficial to children than having a sibling. A cat or dog provides the emotional support that a child needs without the added stress of sibling fighting and confrontation. Pets help children develop greater empathy, higher self-esteem, and increased participation in social and physical activities.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?