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Pet Ownership Brings Life, Health, and Happiness
Thirty-nine percent of people in London choose to have a pet for companionship despite living the most populated city in the UK. No matter if you choose to have a dog, cat, bird, fish, turtle, or any other pet, they make a home in our hearts and become a part of the family. Companionship is one aspect of the relationship between a person and their pet, while other benefits include responsibility and sociability. Studies have shown that oxytocin, a hormone known as the “love hormone”, is found in humans and animals after interactions with one another, helping the bond between pets and their owners grow. For all that a relationship with a pet can give us, studies seem to indicate they may also contribute to improving our health.
How Can Pets Affect Our Health?
Pets can cheer us up when we’re feeling down, make us laugh on a bad day and help to alleviate stress and loneliness. The health benefits of owning a pet may seem to lean more towards the mental side of health, because pets are a friend when fighting depression and feelings of isolation. They also create a non-judgemental environment for those who suffer from medical issues or even environmental issues, like homelessness. If you have children, owning a pet can decrease the occurrences of allergies or asthma, and can lower the possibility of ear infections and colds for babies during their first year.
Pets And Longevity
A recent study done with pet owners in Sweden found dog owners have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than any other type of pet owner. It finds a correlation between less stress, walking dogs, and playing with them to greater protection from cardiovascular issues. Another possible explanation for the increase in longevity would be a better immune system, due to the different types of germs and bacteria a pet can bring into the home. Pets can be trained and used as an early warning detector for health issues such as seizures, diabetes and even cancer. If these can be detected early, with the proper treatment a person would be able to survive and live longer than expected.
Owning a pet increases the quality of life and longevity because of the interactions between the mental and physical benefits. They work together to influence the behaviours, thoughts, and actions of the owners, leading to a life full of love, happiness and health.