What are the Health Benefits of Having a Pet?

What are the Health Benefits of Having a Pet?  There are many that you need to consider.

Obviously, pet ownership is rising.  In fact, it hit a record number last year.  So there must be a reason for this. 

For me, dog ownership has been important in improving my health.  I walk just about every day.  I hardly ever miss a day.

My little dog walks with me each day, somewhere between 2-4 miles.  I have a strong desire to keep my dog healthy.  I know that walking is great exercise for him.  Providing good exercise plus the best quality dog food keeps him very trim and healthy.

If it was strictly up to me, I probably wouldn’t walk every day.  But because I want my dog to get good daily exercise, we walk every day together.  We walk at a fairly fast rate of speed and for a good distance.  We both benefit from the exercise.  And we both completely enjoy it.

My dog provides wonderful love and affection.  This is another of the health benefits of having a pet.

Many people say that having a pet relieves their stress.  I agree with that feeling.  There is something about the unconditional love of my dog that helps me to forget about the problems of the day and relieves my stress.

A recent article discusses the health benefits of having a pet.  It’s called, “Pet Ownership on the Rise – Infographic.”

Here is a quote from the article:

Budgets may be tighter than ever before for many American families, but most pet lovers agree that the expense of ownership is still worth the return in companionship. A pet ownership infographic released by VetDepot, a leading internet retailer of pet medications and supplies, reveals that the number of U.S. pet owning households has reached an all-time high of 72.9 million, up 2.1% from the previous year.

Almost two-thirds of households in the U.S. own at least one pet, with at least one cat in 38.9 million homes and at least one dog in 46.3 million homes. Fish are third on the list of most commonly owned pets with 12.6 million households. Birds, small mammals, and reptiles all account for about 5 million households each. Just over two million families own at least one horse.

The author goes on to say:

So, where does this willingness of American families to invest so much in pet ownership stem from? Perhaps the benefits, both physical and emotional, play a role. Over 60% of the dog, cat, fish and horse owners surveyed say that their pet helps relieve stress. 63% of dog owners and 39% of cat owners even report that their pets are actually good for their health or the health of their family. Although there are arguments on both sides as to whether pet ownership truly increases your chances of good health, a daily dog walk or de-stressing at the end of the day with a faithful companion can certainly do no harm. Whatever the added perks of pet ownership may be for individual owners, most agree on one thing- pets are loyal companions. Over 90% of both cat and dog owners report that their pet is a source of company, love and affection.

The entire article can be read here.

Have you ever considered the health benefits of having a pet?  My guess is that many of you have thought about this before.  You are the type of people that really appreciate the benefits of having a pet.  At the same time, your pets are very lucky to have you.


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