Why having a pet is one of the best things that you could do for yourself.
Per the Centers for Disease Control, “Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Some of the health benefits of having a pet include:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased cholesterol levels
- Decreased triglyceride levels
- Decreased feelings of loneliness
- Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- Increased opportunities for socialization”
The downside is “However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make us sick even when the pet appears healthy. The diseases people get from animals are called zoonotic (zoe-oh-NOT-ic) diseases.”
I have a young dog who needs to be walked quite often and by virtue of walking him I have went from just over 200 pounds down to about 182 pounds in just one year. What I must note also is that I am fixing my own meals instead of using prepared foods. But all the good exercise sure does not hurt me any and I go out with him in all kinds of weather. Normally if there were bad weather conditions going on outside, I would stay in. With having the dog I am forced to go out and exercise, which to me is a good thing.
From the HuffPost, “Dogs don’t just fill your heart; they actually make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks. What’s more, dog owners who do have heart attacks have better survival rates following the events.”
While a dog forces you to exercise more, owing a cat does have an up side too. Remember that that cats also will express their love to you and that will help to combat depression, loneliness, etc. And there are many other pets who can fill similar roles that are very beneficial for you.
There are downsides to owing a pet, such as the cost. But I must stress, in my opinion, that the costs are minor compared to the benefits.
Also from the CDC, “Whether you have a dog, cat, horse, parakeet, gerbil, bearded dragon, or other fun pet, providing regular, life-long veterinary care is important for keeping your pet and family healthy. Regular veterinary visits are essential to good pet health. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about how to keep your pet healthy. Provide your pet with a good diet, fresh water, clean bedding, and plenty of exercise. Keep up with your pet’s vaccines, deworming, and flea and tick control. Some pets can carry ticks that can spread serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to people. In areas with plague—including some rural areas in the western US—fleas can be a risk to both animals and their owners.” Remember that you have to be a responsible pet owner and take care of both yourself and your pet.
So if you decide to get a pet, make sure you involve everyone who lives with you. Also it is far better to adopt rather than going to a breeder and above all do your research so you will not get surprised by some unexpected problem/expense.
And above all have fun and be a good pet owner!
That is my opinion- Jumpin Jersey Mike