Last Updated on June 27, 2017
Whether you have a dog, cat, guinea pig, snake, or more exotic pet, you know they bring you happiness; but there are also other proven benefits to sharing your home with a member of the animal kingdom. So keeping your pet healthy should be a priority so you can enjoy many happy years together.
Benefits to Pet Ownership
Pets need things; whether it is a walk or enthusiastic play session, participating in activities with your pet that involve an increase in heart rate can help prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure. In addition, people who had heart attacks or other heart rhythm irregularities lived longer than their petless counterparts. Lastly, they also reaped the benefit of lower triglyceride and cholesterol.
Petting your pet releases the serotonin and dopamine hormones in your brain which cause relaxation and decrease stress hormone levels.
Social interaction has been shown to have many benefits, but can be difficult to initiate. Studies have shown that people with dogs are more likely to be approached socially. They are also less likely to report feelings of loneliness and depression and overall report feeling happier and healthier.
Your pet can also help your baby stay healthy; for babies that grow up in a home with a cat or dog, they are less likely to have asthma and allergies.
Keeping Your Pet Healthy
One of the single most important things you can do for your pet is to provide annual check-ups. Like in humans, early detection of health problems is vital.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important so make certain your pet receives regular exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet. If you are uncertain what to feed your pet, check with your veterinarian.
Protect your pet against unwanted diseases through vaccinations. Also, keeping your pet free from parasites is important so consult with your veterinarian as to what products can be used.
Spay or neuter your pet to avoid unwanted pregnancy and undesirable mating behaviors.
Your pet can bring you many years of love, happiness and health, so be sure to take proper care of your furry or feathered friend.
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