7 facts about the health benefits of pets

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Yes, pets benefit our health – and this has long been proven by science. Their very existence certainly makes us happier, but also prolongs life. Studies confirm that pets help us in many ways – from increasing immunity to reducing stress. They can even identify diseases using their sensitive sense of smell. What are the specific benefits of pets? We will get acquainted with several interesting facts from scientists.

  1. Animals reduce stress and anxiety.

Are you experiencing stress? Doctors may advise you to get a pet. Interaction with animals raises the level of the hormone oxytocin, which reduces the level of another hormone that causes stress – cortisol.

Communication with animals has a particularly great effect on young children. Children who have pets in their family experience less stress, anxiety, and social problems, which reduces the likelihood of developing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in adulthood.

  1. Pets can identify our diseases.

Animals with an increased sense of smell can detect the smallest changes in the human body. Dogs and cats, sensing a problem, warn their owners – their behavior near you is changing dramatically. Most often, animals can feel diseases such as cancer, narcolepsy, migraine, diabetes, and cramps. Dogs are especially sensitive to diseases, identifying them with a high level of accuracy. For example, there are cases where dogs have experienced breast cancer with 88 percent accuracy and lung cancer with 99 percent accuracy.

  1. Communication with animals heals.

Animal therapy is used in many hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospices. At the American drug treatment center Promises, patients are encouraged to interact with pets. And not just like that – after all, fluffies help to recover faster, raising the mood.

There is a special program for the elderly and veterans for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder – they are trained in the training of service dogs, Labradors, and Golden Retriever.

  1. Animals help reduce blood pressure and strengthen the heart.

Cardiologists confirm that dogs can lower blood pressure and enhance the owners’ heart health. In a study of people with high blood pressure, those participants who started dogs experienced a marked decrease in blood pressure levels due to frequent communication with the pet. Studies have shown similar results for cat owners.

  1. Thanks to pets, we become more active.

People who have pets have more physical activity. This applies to walks and games, swimming, cleaning. Dog owners, of course, are more active in this regard, but no one has canceled active games with cats! According to statistics, dog owners are 54 percent more likely to perform recommended physical exercises.

  1. Animals reduce the risk of disease.

Keeping a dog or cat can reduce the risk of developing diseases such as cancer, allergies, or heart disease. Scientists from the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University have found that pets increase immunity by protecting humans from certain forms of cancer.

Pets can also help prevent allergies. Marty Becker, an American veterinary consultant, explains: “Children who grew up on farms surrounded by animals are not allergic. Animal hair is like natural immunotherapy for them.”

  1. Pets foster our “social sharing”

Whether you are sitting in the park with a dog or talking with the store owner about the best brand of cat food – pets give you the opportunity to chat with new people. Nadine Caslow, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, believes pets are helpful in combating mental traits such as social exclusion and excessive shyness. “Even when you are asked about the dog’s breed or its behavior, the conversation may remain at the” dog level “, but sometimes it becomes a real social exchange,” says the professor.

Source: www.goodnet.org


27 thoughts on “7 facts about the health benefits of pets”

  1. Great post about the benefits of animals. Whilst, I would never see one hurt, I’m not so much a lover of animals. But all my family do, everyone apart from me. I love their little dogs when I visit tho’. and I do get the benefits they bring to people. Caz x

  2. I do agree! I would love to have a pet but problem is we always travel, cannot afford the extra cost if we bring the pet with us etc. 🙁

  3. Ciao Nadiag, anch’io in casa ho un cane, si chiama Lelloccio ed unp spitz, un volpino che abbiai sempre. Però è attaccatissimo a me. E’ la mia ombra. Per quanto riguiardo lo sport prima della pandemia andavo in palestra e correvo nel bosco di Capodimonte di Napoli. Complimneti per il tuo blog e la tua bellezza. Grazie per il tuo passaggio da me.

  4. Hello! Thanks for the follow and like. I’m glad you’re highlighting the health benefits of animals. We have three cats (and we used to have three hens). Be well!

    1. Hello, thank you) It is nice, I love cats and birds, we have here bird feeder, so many birds coming, I enjoy watching them.

  5. I totally agree, my stress level since I got my little dog has decreased dramatically. She is such a joy and brings me so much happiness. Thanks for the post.

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