Pets have long been known to be man, and woman’s, best friend, helping to do everything from improving relationships to protecting their homes. However, in recent years emotional support animals have given us undeniable proof that pets have a positive impact on people’s lives and make them much, much better. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top ways that pets are improving their owner’s lives on a very real and daily basis.
Emotional Support for Recovering Addicts:
One of the biggest uses for pets today is the undying support they give to recovering addicts. Whether it’s trying to resist the cravings of alcohol or getting through Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, the addict’s pet is there wagging his tail, being patient, and never judging to help their owner make it through. Not only do pets help with the bad days, but they also teach responsibility and help the patient rebuild their confidence and self-worth.
Help to Lower Blood Pressure:
Recent studies in patients 60 years and older showed that patients who owned a pet showed a decrease in their stylistic blood pressure readings. It is thought that older pet owners may enjoy an extended life, lower blood pressure, and even increased heart health having their canine pals or even their feline friends around. It doesn’t seem to matter what type of pet it is, as long as it is loyal, loving, and you have the desire to care for it with love yourself.
Reduce the Risk of Developing Allergies:
Contrary to what you have believed all these years, it seems that owning pets doesn’t make you more apt to develop allergies. Instead, it seems that through studies performed on many young adults, the ones that were exposed to pets early in life had 50 percent fewer allergies than the ones who were exposed to pets later in life. So, not only are pets great for emotional support, they might help your allergies down the road as well.
They Make Their Owners Want to Be Healthy:
As anyone who has a pet knows, it’s hard to watch TV or read a book all day, when you have a dog staring you in the face, begging to go outside or play. Having a pet makes you want to get up off the couch and be healthier. After all, who’s going to take care of your pet if you’re not around to do it?
They Lower Stress Levels:
Pets are well known for their ability to lower stress levels. There are even studies out there that show that your pet can reduce your stress levels more than friends, family or even your spouse can. Pets don’t judge, they don’t argue back or lecture you, they are just there laying in your lap, waiting to be petted and loving you no matter what you do.
These are just a few of the ways that pets are making a huge difference in the lives of their owners. From keeping them healthy to reducing stress levels, pets are even more awesome than we thought they were. Wouldn’t you agree?