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Why Having a Pet Is Good for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman

Pets get celebrated during observances such as National Pet Month, National Pet Week, Puppy Mill Action Week, and more. It's all for good reason. Pets are more than just small creatures we take into our homes. They become family, friends, and confidants. Having a pet is more beneficial to your health than you may realize, making one even more ideal to have.

Managing Loneliness

Someone who lives alone is bound to feel the effects of loneliness eventually. It's nice to have someone else around to talk to and spend time with. That someone can be a pet. Pets help us manage our loneliness because we can play with them, talk to them, and have a listening ear that doesn't judge. 

Decreased Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure may actually decrease when you regularly spend time with your pet. That's because having a companion to share your time is beneficial for stress levels. High stress means high blood pressure. Get a pet and see how your stress and your blood pressure become lower.

A Connection to Others

When you have a pet, the animal isn't the only one you're connected to. It's bound to come in conversations that you have a pet at home, and which kind. This can help you make connections to other people. You can chat with other cat owners at the vet, meet up with other dog dads at the park, or join a bird owner group online. Either way, you're making new connections because of your pet -- and your pet may be able to meet some new friends as well.

An Opportunity for Exercise

This one mainly applies to dog owners, but even people with cats, ferrets, birds, and other pets can get a bit of a workout here and there as they play with their pets. Dog owners have plenty of opportunities for exercise though as they take their dogs on regular walks. You'll get fit while spending time with your pet.

Therapy and Recovery

Therapy and recovery from illness or addiction can all utilize the help of animals. Sitting down to talk to a shrink may not seem ideal. Pet a dog while you're doing that and you may be more inclined to open up because it helps to comfort you. Working with horses or tending to other animals is also used for recovery purposes. It gives people something to focus on and a purpose. Having your own pet at home can be used in the same way. Focus on caring for your small friend and it may help you in your own journey.

Pets make a great addition to the family. You'll experience numerous mental and physical benefits from having a small companion to call your own. Even if you don't have a pet at home, you can volunteer to work with animals and get many of the same benefits.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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