More than half of American households own a pet and its a good thing because experts believe that pets are good for both our physical and psychological health. Research has shown that they can help us reduce blood pressure and stress, lengthen the lives of heart attack patients and help Alzheimer’s patients to relax and eat better. They believe that pets can help us with any health problem that has a stress related component and a major reason apparently is that having pets and looking after them forces us to focus on our animal friends instead of on ourselves.iso 45003
Physically, many pets will get their lazy owners to exercise with them, even if it is just to walk around the block a couple of times a day. In fact, these walks can not only introduce a physical routine that is good for health by helping us to lose weight and tone up but they may also trigger socializing instead of staying indoors which can improve one’s mood. For many, having something to do and a helpless friend to look after is very good medicine and makes pet owners feel positive about themselves.
Pets have also been shown to prevent loneliness and studies at Purdue University indicated that over 90% of pet owners talk to their pets and a majority consider their pets to be companions instead of property. This animal-human bond is becoming increasingly important in our modern society that tends to isolate some people, specially the elderly and the infirm.