Nearly every U.S. household has at least one

pet, and it’s not surprising why. Having a pet that you can care for, love, and be loved by in return creates a sense of companionship and a source of happiness. For many people, having a pet — whether that’s a dog, cat, fish, hamster, or bird — helps get them through the day. There’s nothing quite like heading home and knowing there’s a friend there waiting for you to return.

We know pets are an incredible source of joy, but it may surprise you to learn that they also significantly benefit our health. Many studies prove pets have a positive influence on human health in more ways than one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a pet owner can experience lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels simply by regularly taking their pets on a walk and playing with them. Pets also help their humans feel less lonely and can even help manage depression.

Socialization and Exercise

One of the best benefits of owning a pet, especially for dog owners, is walking. Dogs need regular walks not just to keep them healthy but also for mental stimulation; a dog fresh off a walk is far calmer than one who’s been inside all day.

But walking is also very beneficial for the dog owner. Walking is one of the best ways to exercise, and by walking the dog, you’re also walking yourself.

Strolling around your neighborhood park or simply around the block is a chance to socialize. Getting to know other dog owners around the neighborhood gives you an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make connections. You can even start a routine to meet up with them as you both walk your four-legged friends.

Emotional Benefits of Owning a Pet

After being out of the house all day, there’s nothing more heartwarming than coming home to a pet that is thrilled just to see you walk through the door. Pets have a way of sensing when their owners are upset and can help them relax. Playing or cuddling with your best friend is one of the best forms of comfort. Not only does it help get your mind off what’s troubling you, but you’re also strengthening your bond with them.

Seniors and Pets

By providing a means and motivation for exercise and socialization, pets have a strong impact on their owners’ health, especially senior pet owners. As you grow older, it can be harder to go outside, and the feeling of isolation can be devastating. With a pet, people have a companion to keep them company at home and give gentle encouragement to get outside for a little while.

How to Make the Right Choice When Adopting a New Pet

If you’re considering adopting a pet, it’s crucial to think about which pet is right for you. One person may not be a bird person just as someone else might not be a dog person. Asking yourself the questions below can help you decide what type of animal ownership best suits you.

  • How much exercise does the pet need? 
  • What type of exercise do they need?
  • How long will the pet live?
  • What do they eat?
  • What type of environment will they need?
  • Have I had a pet before?
  • What pet age is best for me?

Pets help people tremendously by simply being themselves. If you want to be more active and get an extra boost to your day, consider adopting a pet. You’ll be giving yourself a loyal companion and best friend, and you’ll provide them with a wonderful home.