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The Amazing Health Benefits of Having Pets

We have a small birdhouse, hand painted by my kids in our balcony garden. The painted colors are a little weird, but what is beautiful in this scene is, the kids take turns to keep some grains inside the bird house everyday. In the mid afternoon when I am busy preparing lunch. I usually see three or four pigeons pecking on the grains. It feels good to see those lovely birds having sumptuous lunch in my garden. Research has found that having pets increases your health quotient. That is what we are going to discuss in the article.


Researchers from the American Heart Association say that, if you have a pet, you have high chances of lowering your risk of heart disease. Having pets, especially dogs were associated with decreased risk of heart disease. The reasons may be your dog would nag you until you take it for a walk. This becomes a daily routine and it indirectly increases your well-being. A brisk walk early in the morning with your lovely dog can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and obesity rate. That is three golden apples on a silver plate.


Having pets is beneficial for the whole family as such. It is safe for kids, young people and the old alike. Several studies point out that children who have furred animals as pets, be it a cat or a dog and kids who grow up on farms will have less risk of allergies and asthma. The other thing which I am going to say now will make you gasp in wonder. Kids who have dog allergies, but who have a dog as a pet may reduce the risk of developing eczema by the age of 4 years. Eczema is a condition which begins in early childhood characterized by rashes, itching and bleeding.


Researchers found children whose families who own dogs are more dynamic than those without it. The more active your kid the less likely he will be obese. Another study points out that college students who have a pet, may handle stressful situations better off than those who don’t own pets. The youngsters are benefited both psychologically and socially by having a pet of their own. Having pets, especially cats because of their low maintenance, have helped Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts. Research proves that heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without it.


In a nutshell, having pets reduces your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Above all, they will be there for you as a faithful friend in your times of loneliness. Having pets may even make a lazy bone more active by increasing opportunities for exercise and a shy person into a more outgoing person by opening the doors for socialization.



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Take care,
Swarnam

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