5 Reasons you should definitely get a pet

Oh Roll. I love him and he winds me up in equal measures…He’s ridiculously cute, but OMG how can a small dog lose soo much hair?! His cute little floppy ear…but GET OUT FROM UNDER MY ANKLES! His cute little curly tail…I nearly tripped over him on a run the other evening…

Aside from the obvious benefit of companionship, did you know that spending time with a dog or cat can actually affect your mood, health, and well-being positively too? Today, our lifestyles can be so hectic, and sometimes you just need to disconnect. Pets are great stress-fighters and are good for helping you to unwind. Taking your dog out for a walk or playing with your cat, means that you are subconsciously disconnecting from the world around you and here are a few more reasons why pets are fantastic for your health:

Staying Active

Roll and I on a recent run

Dogs are great for helping improve your cardiovascular health. According to studies, dog owners who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn’t own or walk a dog. It was also found that elderly people who walk their dogs regularly, walk faster than their counterparts who don’t own a dog and that they’re even more mobile at home.

I know for a fact that my Dad complains about my brother’s hound dogs ALL THE TIME to my Mam…but I love how, now retired, twice a day he has to leave the house and get active.

Stress Relieving

These two…I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but they’re Love/Hate Relationship is quite hilarious to watch.

Spending time with your pet can have an amazing calming effect on you and can help decrease your cortisol levels which is the hormone that our bodies release when you experience stress.

Less risk of allergies

This photo was taken on Robb’s 16th Birthday last year…Rolly IS loving it, ok?!…

Having a pet in your household while growing up may have helped you develop an immunity to allergens. While people think this would be the opposite and that it would give you allergies, this isn’t right.  

I remember one afternoon I was feeding Alf in the bouncy chair thing, and after he’d finished, I turned my back on him to get something to wipe his chubby chops, cue cute giggles coming from Alf…only to turn back around again to see that Roll had beaten me to it. He’d licked his face clean! Saved me a job anyway…cute giggles too…

A Healthy Heart

Stroking a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure {unless you are Robb Lowe and you are not to touch Rolly until he gives you the sign…} and studies also suggest that owning a pet may lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart failure – this goes hand in hand with being active and experiencing joy regularly.

Social skills

Pets can help create human-to-human friendships because by taking your dog out to a park, you often to engage with other dog owners, which promotes social interactions. Pets have also shown to offer comfort and social interaction to people with brain deteriorating diseases. Animals also enhance social skills in children living with autism and many animal-assisted therapy programs for ASD have even started to include animals such as dolphins and horses to develop social skills in people with an autism spectrum disorder.

There’s so much more to owning a pet than you may have once thought, they benefit us in so many ways, so it’s only sensible to look after them and give them the lives they deserve. There is now more information than ever before on different breeds of animals and how to look after them. Plus, with people spending more and more money on their pets, pet supply shops are now incredible. With so many options for ordering food online you can spend more time just enjoying and having fun with your furry friend.

Aah, Roll’s. Our home would definitely be different without him. I mean, there would be less hair EVERYWHERE…how would we know there are people walking by…cute nephews who loves it when he can’t stop licking his hands and face…there would be no-one scratching at the bedroom door in the morning trying to get in…nobody nipping nieces when she’s come to feed you when we’re away…but I’d bloody miss the cute snuggles and snoring in the evenings.

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