5 Reasons to Love our Pets
It is generally accepted as fact that the UK is a nation of animal lovers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an entire month has been dedicated to our pets. Whether you are a dog lover,a feline fanatic, a reptile enthusiast or completely rodent obsessed, it is estimated that approximately 40% of households own at least one pet. A recent study from Statista found that dogs came top of the list for animal ownership, with 23% of pet owners saying that they have a dog, cats and rabbits featured in second and third place respectively. The list also showed that birds, tortoises, lizards, snakes and even domestic fowl are popular choices when it comes to picking our animal companions.
Being a pet owner comes with obvious advantages such as companionship, but many people don’t realise the other benefits that can come from inviting an animal into your life. In celebration of April being National Pet Month, we have gathered our top 5 reasons why pet ownership is good for you.
- Pet ownership can actually improve your health. Studies have repeatedly shown that as well as improving your wellbeing from exercising with your pet, animal owners also often have lower stress levels, reduced cholesterol and fewer issues with blood pressure.
- Having a pet may reduce the risk of children developing allergies. Although there is no guarantee, there is some evidence which shows that regular exposure to potential allergens may actually reduce the risk of developing an allergic response.
- Pets can improve your social life. Dog owners will know that it is almost impossible to go on a walk without coming across another dog owner and your mutual ownership of four-legged friends automatically gives you something to talk about. If you don’t have a dog, you will find that there is a group for everything on social media nowadays, so whether you are looking for fellow cat lovers or a community of chicken fanatics, you are sure to find like minded people in your local area. Having a pet to bond over can help to build new friendships and give you new people to talk to.
- Owning pets can help your immune system. While some might worry that pets are dirty and may introduce germs, the evidence from scientists is that actually having pets may improve your immune response to many bugs. Being exposed to low levels of dirt and germs is actually good for us and helps to avoid a lot of general sickness.
- Family pets are great for mental health. Studies have shown that people who suffer from anxiety and depression can really benefit from owning a pet. Having an animal who you can stroke, talk to and generally take care of can really boost your mental health. This is particularly true for children as animal ownership has been shown to improve confidence and feelings of security.