The next time your dog runs up to you when walking through the front door or your cat cuddles up next to you – let the hug fest begin! Not only will your pet feel loved, but you are improving your daily health.
When you share a hug, your pet will feel secure, empowered and a higher level of self-esteem. As well as this, the medicinal value in hugging your pet, stimulates the thymus gland which balances the body’s production of white blood cells keeping us healthy. This stimulates the brain’s release of dopamine which reduces depression and activates pleasure.
Improve your immune system
Pets spend a lot of their time outside and therefore bring all sorts of dirt and germs into your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though – the additional germs can help improve your immunity to colds and other mild illnesses. In fact, previous studies have shown that babies who live with a dog tend to experience fewer infections and are generally healthier than those who don’t.
Lower your stress levels
Modern life is stressful and high levels of anxiety can lead to numerous health problems. Luckily, pets can really help us relax – stroking your cat or simply watching fish swim around in a tank can make your worries melt away. Previous studies have proven that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. That means
having a furry pal can decrease the chances of suffering a heart attack later in life.
Help you make friends
The pet owner community is an incredibly friendly one – you’ll often find that people will stop to talk to you about your dog in the park. Having a pet is a great way to meet new people and
create bonds quickly, especially if you’re not too good at small talk. You never know, owning a dog may help you meet the love of your life!
If you live by yourself, or your partner works different shift patterns to you, it can get awfully lonely at home – unless you have a pet, of course! Cats and dogs make great companions – they’ll always be waiting for you to come home and they’ll be happy to lend an ear should you want to moan about the awful day you’ve had. Plus, most of the time, they are up for a snuggle on the sofa.
All breeds of dog need regular, daily walks in order to stay happy and healthy, and so do we! However, we sometimes have the tendency to get a bit lazy – if that sounds like you, a dog is the perfect
cure! They’ll be dragging you out the front door and making you run around the park each and every day. Yes, a dog is possibly the best personal trainer you could ask for.