5 Benefits of Having A House Pet: Oh, the Joys

5 Benefits of Having A House Pet

Since humans domesticated certain animals thousands of years ago, they have become our best friends. The list is not limited to only dogs and cats. Most family homes have at least one or more pets in their homes. While our furry friends depend on us for basic needs such as food, medical care, and shelter, the relationship is not one-sided. In turn, our house pets benefit us in many ways and become part of our family. These are some of the top 5 benefits of having a house pet.

5 Benefits of Having a House Pet

Companionship

Even though pets have their own form of language, they still communicate with joyful sounds and happy body language. Pets provide us with unconditional love and are happiest when they are with us. They show affection and can have funny habits just like a person. Many seniors who live alone find contentment and security in their house pets.

Protection

Throughout the years, many types of dogs were bred to protect their owners and property. Most dogs are intensely loyal and would fight to the death to protect the ones they love. Just the presence of a dog or a warning bark is enough to keep potential thieves away. In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered and were trained to protect sacred shrines. Today, there are still some house cats that are protective of their owners. They also provide natural pest control by killing mice, rats, and other hazardous pests. Even if you have a professional come, like those at Kenilworth Pest Control, your furry little friends can help finish the job.

Service

Many visually impaired people enjoy a great deal of independence thanks to service dogs. These special canines go through rigorous training so they can guide their owners safely outdoors and across the street. Dogs are extremely sensitive to human body language. Because of this, specialized trainers teach some service dogs how to sense oncoming seizures in their epileptic owners. Although these service dogs are not technically considered pets, they still share a special bond with the people they serve.

Stress Relief

After a long day of work, there is nothing better than being greeted at the door by your loving pet. Pets have no personal agendas and are genuinely glad to be with you. There have been many studies that show positive correlations between owning a pet and stress relief. Some people have a drop in blood pressure and lowered depression when petting and loving a special pet. Since pets can be natural clowns, the laughter they provide is good for our spirits.

Exercise

Although most pets take care of their own exercise, dogs must be taken for walks to get the fitness they need. This is especially true for dogs that live indoors. The great thing about walking your four-legged friend is that you will benefit from walking, too.

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5 Benefits of Having A House Pet: Oh, the Joys

Guest Writer: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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