Strengthen the Immunity Systems of Children
Children in households with pets didn’t just have less allergies to the particular animal in the home, the children also had stronger immunity systems overall. Studies have shown that children who live in homes with pets miss less school due to sickness than children who grow up in pet-less homes. 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.
Improved Heart Health
Another benefit to owning a pet, according to the latest research, is that it may improve heart health. Studies have shown that owning a pet (and men in particular) can lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels in their owners. Which can lower the chance of a heart attack. Although dogs are often touted for their health benefits, cat owners can see gains, too. Felines are just as beneficial to your health as dogs. "If you have a cat, you're 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and you're 40 percent less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke," Dr. Becker says.
May Improve Fitness Levels
Your dog may help prevent you from becoming obese. Studies have shown that walking you dog on a regular basis helps pet owners lose weight, or at the very least maintain it. Of course, dog owners who didn’t walk their dogs on a regular basis saw no such benefit.
Pets have been shown as a great cure for the blues. Which is why it’s becoming more and more common for using Pet Facilitate Therapy (PFT) in hospitals and nursing homes. Many people immediately feel better just by petting a dog or cat. Just another benefit that our pets provide to us.
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.