How Pets Make Life Better

Pets contribute to our lives in many ways, some ways are better than others. Many people just look at the good, a few only think of the bad. Of course if you are not a pet person a pet might make things more stressful so… we will simply look at the benefits of owning a pet from the point of being a person that enjoys pets and animals.

 

Foot Warmers

One of the things that pets did early on to endear themselves to humans was sleeping in our beds. They crept in out of their own desire to be warm, but in turn we found this a benefit and in the early days pets were kept as bed warmers.

 

Hunters and Helpers

Some pets have become helpers, not only in history, but to this very day. While not all the animals used in such purposes are consider “pets”, a good many are. Cats serve a wonderful purpose of killing vermin in our homes.

Dogs have helped mankind hunt for food and guard animals kept for food purposes. Certain breeds of dogs are used even still to hunt large game, and of course we are all familiar with the Border Collie as it herds sheep. Other dogs have been used as service animals for people with hearing, vision, and even mobility, problems.

Chimps, Miniature Horses, and other animals have also become pets with purposes, serving as service animals and companions.

 

Health Benefits to Owners

More than practical benefits, having a pet benefits a person in many health related ways.

Pet owners have been found to have lower to be calmer, particularly when their pet is around. In a 2002 study by the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition and the US Food and Drug Administration pet owners were more relaxed, and had lower heart rates, and blood pressure when given math problems at a time when their pet was near.

Studies have shown that pet owners “make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions”, than do non-pet owners.

Young children raised in homes with two or more furry pets have fewer reactions to allergens and are less likely to develop asthma.

People with pets are less likely to suffer from serious depression, and those who suffer from depression may find comfort in the unconditional love returned by their pet.

Pets, particularly dogs, help people to stay healthy by getting those people off the couch and walking.

Not Funny, How Embarassing! Kiss My White Puppy Butt, I'm a Big Macho Dog Mom - I'm one year old on February 14th! by Beverly & Pack.

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Companionship

A person with a pet always has a companion, they are always loved, and they always have somebody to talk to. The pet will never judge them.  For children, single people, and seniors, the companionship of a pet can be a treasured item.

Asha & Ginger (Kissing) by Jimee, Jackie, Tom & Asha.

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Teaches Responsibility and Compassion

When children grow up with pets as a part of their family they learn to care for things that are not as capable of caring for themselves in the same way humans are. They learn that dogs need to be walked, trained, cleaned up after, that cats require care, and so forth. This is only if the parent is a responsible owner, demonstrating by example. These lessons are things can learn and take with them when they are older, having seen their parent care for the pet and provide it with food, shelter, care, and love.

To Society

The rest of society receives a benefit too, whether they know it or not. Pet ownership reduces health care expenses, so in countries where the government funds health care, the expenses are greatly reduced but the number of people who have pets. A study in 1999 in Australia suggested that in one year over $2 Billion Australian Dollars were saved by cats and dogs in that country as people relied on the health care system less. Thus tax payers were saved a small fortune.

Other

Specific pets, such as chickens, lay eggs, and eat insects. Fish in a pond help keep the pond clean. Dogs can act as burglar alarms, and cats too have been known to alert their owners of dangers.

 

Related Pet Links

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How Pets Make Life More Stressful

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  1. Jimmy Shilaho

    On July 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    You are right, humans are so dependent on pets.

  2. drelayaraja

    On July 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Good share. I agree with the points…

  3. Jeremy Mailman

    On July 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Pets are part of a family. They are like babies. Great work!

  4. nobert soloria bermosa

    On July 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    they bring us joy…

  5. papaleng

    On July 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    very educating share. I agree with your points specially the companionship issue. Having my mini-pincher and retriever is a good stress reliever for spending time with them gives me some relaxation.

  6. hope2010

    On July 7, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Sometimes it’s tough to sort out all the details related to this subject, but I’m positive you’ll have no trouble making sense of the information presented above.

  7. Belle Dob

    On July 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I do tend to be happier when I have a pet. Great article :-)

  8. sunnyiam

    On July 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

    very nice post..even i have two pet dogs and luv them ssooooo much…

  9. Mrjaialai

    On July 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You are right about the depression part in the article. I notice that my depression bothers me more without a pet around the house. Just wish that I was in a place where I could have dog, but the reality of it is right now is that I’m not.

    Hopefully something will change here in the near future where I will be able to go out and get mans best freind!

    Thanks for Sharing!

  10. PR Mace

    On July 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I do love your pet articles and this one is one of your best. My dogs are great foot and back warmers on the nights my husband is at work, he works 12 hour night shifts. He will come home and one will be next to my feet and the other my back. It is a warm nest. I also feel safe home alone at night with them watching over me. Kole is trained not to allow anyone in the house he doesn’t know without a release command. He is a big dog and has become my body guard.

  11. I Am No One

    On July 8, 2010 at 4:45 am

    this is true, so true that i couldn’t agree more, in fact i’m so proud of myself. my master wouldn’t have survived the long nights of sadness after his girlfriend dumped him, if i wasn’t there to pop him a can of beer from the fridge, he’d been dead by now

  12. Lipstick

    On July 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

    i agree wholeheartedly
    being alone, my two doggies has been my bodyguards and my constant companions
    i dont know how i could have gone through a lot of lonely times without their presence in my life
    i so like articles like this
    nice one :)

  13. hezu23

    On July 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

    so true…love keeping pets :)
    i really like your articles on pets :) and this one is really good…

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