There are many families out there not solely made of humans. Some family members have scales, fins or feathers while others boast whiskers, tails and fur.
Along with the unconditional affection pets bring to their owners’ lives having animals in your life is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness; encourage exercise and playfulness and even improve cardiovascular health.
Caring for a pet while growing up can help children learn responsibility, be more active, feel more secure and value companionship.
In recent years much scientific research has gone into studying how our furry friends affect our physical and mental health. The American Heart Association has linked pet ownership to reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.
Playing with animals can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which help relax people. Pet owners often have lower levels of tryglyceride and cholesterol, which are indicators of heart disease.
Owning pets, especially active ones, are also great in guiding people to make heather lifestyle choices of there own.
Taking a dog for a walk, hike or run are great ways to help stay healthy and also helps them stay healthy too.
Exercising pets can also lead to decreased loneliness and increased human companionship as they are great social conductors and often lead to meetings with other pet owners.