We’ve all heard that pets can have a positive effect on our health. But what exactly can they do for us? In this post, we provide you with a list of the most common benefits based on a multitude of research conducted on the subject of pets and people. So here is what a pet can be a remedy for:
The interaction between people and pets can:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Raise triglyceride levels
- Decrease feelings of loneliness
- Provide opportunities for exercise and outdoor activity
- Provide opportunities for socialization (both romantic and platonic)
- Result in milder emotional responses
- Allow people to recover more quickly from stress
- Improve mood
- Decrease anxiety
- Provide a friend/confidant for children
- Increase calm and concentration for autistic people
- Fend off or lessen depression
- Decrease the risk of developing allergies or asthma if the person had a childhood pet
- Increase longevity and appetites in Alzheimer’s patients
- Cause patients to report less pain in hospital settings
And just recently, Mars Petcare announced a new people-pets fitness program called The Power of Pets, for which it has partnered with several YMCAs across the county.
The list goes on and on…with a quick Google search, you’ll have a whole day’s worth of reading about the wealth of benefits pets can have on our lives!
Sources for this post include:
The American Journal of Critical Care, The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The Delta Society, newsweek.com, The New York Times, The American Veterinary Association, webmd.com and PR Newswire.