Animals can bring you and loved ones – love and companionship. Have you ever had a pet in your life? Have you ever thought that your pet can also protect you against heart disease and increase your life expectancy?
Having a dog, for example, keeps you more active. Taking a walk with your furry friend can help you do your daily exercise. That little exercise may be the reason why furry owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Having a pet can:
- Reduce stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Stimulate mental engagement
- Bring social interaction
- Reduce the feeling of loneliness and depression
This little friend can add structure and routine to your daily life. Having a pet in your house to welcome you every time you enter is a kind of antidote for loneliness.
It would be great if you could consider whether you are healthy enough and financially independent to take care for your new friend. For example, dogs need to be walked and fed every day. Sometimes they need to be taken to vet and groomed. if you want to try being a dog owner you could ask your neighbor to walk his dog for a while or volunteer in an animal shelter. Actually, anything that gets you out and keeps you active is a bonus for your health.