Benefits of Petting Animals

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Tina S
Tina S
Dec 7, 2009
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Petting animals is not only pleasurable and beneficial for the animal only; numerous studies have demonstrated that petting anything can improve a person's psychological and physical health, including lowering blood pressure. Both parties reap the benefits of lower blood pressure and stress reduction. This includes other pets besides cats and dogs, such as gerbils, rabbits, birds and fish.

Pets can improve your mood
The emotional benefits of pet ownership clearly have an effect on a person's well being. There are several reasons:
The pet shows happiness in seeing its human companion by purring, wagging its tail, etc., and we all like feeling loved. How beautiful/cute/unique your pet is gives you pride. Your pet becomes an extension of yourself. Whatever peculiar traits or complex tricks he learns become endearing. Pets are excellent company, whether they are treated as roommates, children or even significant others. People feel coupled with them, and this gives them strength in facing adversity or boredom.
Who love animals, it’s virtually impossible to stay in a bad mood when a pair of loving puppy eyes meets yours, or when a super-soft cat rubs up against your hand. Research supports the mood-enhancing benefits of pets.

Pets reduce stress
While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Pets don't talk back or argue. They won't talk behind your back or leave you for someone else. Pets often form strong bonds with their owners and will be loyal to the end. They can help calm a person down naturally without the use of medication. Just by petting an animal or playing you can relieve tension and calm your nerves. Dogs behave and show good understanding to the language of its owner.
Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present! (This may be partially due to the fact that pets don’t judge us; they just love us.)
Pets control blood pressure better than drugs
It’s true. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they aren’t as effective on controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. However, in a , groups of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs or cats were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets. When they heard of the results, most of those in the non-pet group went out and got pets!
Pets help to build healthy immune system
There are numerous health benefits of having a dog or cat as a pet. Pets may also help to build healthy immune systems. Studies have shown that kids have a lower risk of acquiring pet allergies if there is already a pet in their family. A dog or cat can actually help the human body build a healthier immune system.
Pets encourage you to get out and exercise
What better way to get exercise than to share a walk with your dog or a play outing to the park. There is nothing sweeter than coming home from a stressful day at work & being able to unwind by stroking your pet.  If you have a cat or an older small dog, you can still take them for a walk in a pet stroller.

Pets can help with social support

Almost everyone loves animals and many people may want to meet your dog or cat during your outings with your pet. Those times give us an opportunity to increase our circle of friends.
A dog or cat will help children’s self esteem and social development:
Pets are accepting and give positive reinforcement to children. Having a pet will benefit your child’s development as it promotes learning how to be responsible.
Pets stave off loneliness and provide unconditional love
Who can resist returning the affection you receive from a pet. They love you unconditionally; well, at least dogs do!  They are always happy to see you and make you feel good even when you’ve had a bad day. Pets can be there for you in ways that people can’t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snuggles. Loving and caring for a pet can help anyone fight depression and loneliness, since the bond with a pet helps you maintain a sense of purpose in life. They are a comfort to kids when sick; and to the old when infirmed.

Pets teach responsibility
Children learn responsibility by helping with the caretaking of a pet. They learn about the requirements of a living being- such as food, water and exercise.
Fish are a great first pet because it is easy to give children and active role in feeding them. Pets that require more attention, like a cat or dog, can present an ideal opportunity for parent and child to spend time together doing activities such as walking the dog or preparing the food.

Protect you from danger

Some dogs even have a sixth sense when you are ill and unaware of the problem. They can sense danger; and guard you and your family when necessary. They instinctively know when they’ve been naughty, and look to you for forgiveness. They comfort you in time of need like no other human. They can sense sadness and, when you pass, they mourn.

Yes, pets require some extra work and expense, but these are small concerns in relationship to the benefits of pets in your life, so let's start exploring the possibilities!

Author's note: I have pet cats. I take care and love them very much. There is no risk to get diseases from pets if you clean them regularly with antiseptic and also give them vaccines.
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