Most of us have pets which play a crucial part in our everyday lives. Some of us can’t imagine how life would be without them because they’ve been around for so long. For all you animal lovers out there, here are a few fun facts that we think you might enjoy!
1. Stronger immune system
Having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall. So maybe keeping pets in your homes around your little ones isn’t such a bad thing after all!
2. Keeps cholesterol and blood pressure down
Pets are a major source of support and increase the ability to cope, which contributes to keeping cholesterol and blood pressure down. It’s true. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?
3. Better mood, more meaning
People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems. One reason for that may be that your pet gives you a sense of belonging and meaning, you feel like you have greater control of your life. Your pet might be doing more for you than you think!
4. Fixing your routine
The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to your daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of your bed, but your pet wants you to. In a way, they’re doing you a favor by making you feed them. Keeping a healthy routine can also help you fight depression and be more productive.
5. Detecting cancer
Stories abound of owners whose dogs kept sniffing or licking a mole or lump on their body so they got it checked out, discovering it was cancerous. The anecdotal evidence was later backed up by scientific studies. Dogs are so good at this that some of them are trained to detect cancer, in as little as three hours.
“A dog’s love is only second to that of a mother’s.”
― Radhika Mundra
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