PAW-fect health: the health benefits of pet ownership

This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the furry loves of our lives! Our animals’ love is only one benefit of owning a pet, but did you know that it could improve your health? 

Research shows that owning a pet can improve:

  • Stress levels
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Social support
  • And help you stay in shape! 

Not only can pets help improve your physical health, but they can improve mental health! Pets have been found to contribute to a strong sense of identity, security, and routine, and distract from distressing symptoms in people with long-term mental health struggles. 

For aging adults, pets can improve feelings of loneliness, reduce depressive symptoms, and improve cognitive function.

Pets are also proven to be great for kids’ health and development.

Our furry friends can:

  • Increase cognitive stimulation
  • Improve behavior in children
  • Heighten understanding of others
  • Increase immunity
  • Lower anxiety levels

Owning a pet can be great for the entire family’s mental and physical health! Whatever your reasoning for owning your pet, they certainly provide a whole lot of love. 

Sources:

https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/owner-information/health-benefits-pet-ownership

https://www.onehealth.org/blog/10-mental-physical-health-benefits-of-having-pets