The Benefits of Pet Ownership
Pets have had special relationships with humans throughout recorded history.
The bond that develops between people and their pets creates companionship and fosters a feeling of well-being. Scientists are now studying the physiological and psychological effects of pet ownership and their findings are receiving international attention.
Some of the benefits they have found include:
Pets build healthy family relationships
Children who have pets tend to be more sociable, less selfish and more self-reliant
pet can play an important role in building a child's immune system
Pets keep the elderly more active and healthier
Cats and/or dogs reduce feeling of loneliness or isolation, particularly in the elderly
Owning a pet is soothing, helps relaxation and reduces tension
health in a number of ways. Pet owners have lower stress levels, have
lower blood pressure,
have lower cholesterol levels, are more likely to survive a heart attack
and rehabilitate faster
from physical or psychological illnesses.
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