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Are Pets good for your health and well-being?

Are Pets good for your health and well-being?

Are pets good for your health?

Are pets good for your health? You wake up in the morning, and you are not sure if it will be a great day or otherwise.

However, the moment you roll over and see a pair of eyes staring at you and a tail-wagging with excitement—you cannot help but smile.

As you get up to begin your day, the thrill accumulates as your dog sees you get the leash on your way to the door. He jumps up and down excitedly, and his anticipation is containable.

Or hearing the satisfying purring of your cat also puts you in a totally different mood.

Adorable cat groomed by beautiful woman
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Let’s admit it, even before you have had your first sip of coffee, your pet, and its positive energy can have a significant effect on how you approach the entire day.

Whether your pets are finned, feathered, or furry creatures, they push you to move, put you in a happy mood, and make you feel one-of-a-kind.

In short, pets can boost your emotional, mental, and physical health in many different ways—all while helping you become the best version of yourself. 

How Does Your Pet Contribute to Your Health?

Apart from being awesome best friends and buddies, your pet can keep you in good health, both physically and emotionally.

Below are practical ways for your pet to keep you on top of your game. 

1. They make you feel good.

Pets are good for your health

Physical and mental health are connected. When you start feeling good on the inside, you are more motivated to take care of yourself on the outside.

That could indicate better productivity, more exercise, or only more significant levels of alertness and energy.

Chatting to, playing with, petting, cuddling, or simply being with your pets could calm you if you’re stressed out, enabling you to recover from a day that may have gone off the rails. 

2. They keep you social.

Beautiful dogs Socializing
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Your pet could be an excellent way to engage with other people, even during times of social distancing and quarantine.

It could be starting a conversation with another dog owner while walking your pet or having a chit-chat with another cat lover who is strolling by as you bring your pet in from your yard. 

Irrespective of your circumstances or background, your pet and the love you have for them establish a bond with your fellow human friends, 

3. They keep us happy.

Pets, love forever

In research where pet owners and their dogs had a positive engagement for about thirty minutes, researchers discovered improved concentrations of dopamine, beta-phenylethylamine, prolactin, beta-endorphin, and oxytocin in both humans and dogs.

Raised levels of beta-phenylethylamine, prolactin, dopamine, and oxytocin establish feelings of gratification and happiness.

In contrast, prolactin usually is considered to numb the body from pain, making an overall mood boost. 

Woman cuddling her pet
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So, are pets good for your health? Whatever pet you have, there’s no doubt you can gain a lot from them, and these pets deserve to have the best from you.

You will find that pets are more than another distraction by appreciating what you can learn from them and the overall benefits they offer. 

Note: owning a pet is not a light decision. It is a lifetime decision. While owning a pet is rewarding, be mindful that pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. It requires commitment (cats and dogs live between 10 to 15 years), money ( food and vet), and it should also fit your lifestyle (wanderlust and long working hours).

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