- Improved cardiovascular health (lower cholesterol in men, lower blood pressure and lower triglycerides).
- Increased physical activity. Having a dog can get us out and about and enjoying regular exercise.
- Less visits to your doctor.
- Strengthened immunity. Children that grow up around a dog (and some other pets too) may have a better immune system with a reduced risk of developing allergies!
Pet ownership also goes hand in hand with psychological benefits, according to research:
- A study of school children showed that those with pets were more empathetic.
- Pet owners, including children, have also been shown to have higher self-esteem. So if you have a moody teenager, perhaps owning a pet could help? Those with pets report less loneliness, restlessness, despair and boredom with an overall more positive outlook on life.
- If you have a pet, chances are you will report less depression and appear to cope with grief, stress and loss better than non-pet owners.
- Our pets are conversation starters! They help us connect with others around us and improve social skills.
- If you’ve ever found comfort when feeling down or sick, that might be thanks to your loyal companion! Pets can help people feel safe and secure.
Pets give us SO much. Take a moment to ensure you’re giving your pet the very best too.
Is your pet up to date with their vaccinations and worming? Book in a trip to your local vet and top up on your pet’s vet lines at RSPCA World for Pets.
What is Heartworm?
Heartworm is a parasitic worm that infects both dogs and cats. It is transmitted by mosquitoes. Mozzies are out in force and prevention is FAR better than a cure for our furry friends. Learn more about heartworm here from Greencross Vets.