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7 benefits of having a pet that will make you want to adopt one today

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If you’ve been thinking about getting a pet but not sure if it’s really worth the time, effort and expense, read on to find out just some of the benefits of owning a pet.

By Zoe Monk

Published on the 02/10/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:40

The bond between human and beast is remarkable which has seen a staggering 12 million households in the UK have a pet. From providing comfort when you are sad or ill to making you smile, pets are always there for you no matter what. There is something very special about how pets can bring so much joy into our lives with seemingly no effort on their part at all.


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Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider sharing your home with a furry friend.

1. Pets keep you fit

All types of dogs need regular walks every day to keep them happy and healthy. But we do too. A pet dog is the ultimate fitness trainer. Come rain or shine you need to be out there walking them, running after them and generally getting good exercise.


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2. Pets make sure you are never lonely

Sometimes it can be hard to be home alone, but you are never alone if you share your home with a pet. Cats and dogs, in particular, make excellent companions. They will always be there waiting for you when you get home and ready for cuddles when you need them.


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3. Pets lower stress levels

Today’s busy world can sometimes seem full of pressure and anxiety which can lead to poor health. But pets are there to help us relax. Stroking a cat is a wonderful way to relax and let the stress of the day simply melt away. Pet owners have been found to have lower blood pressure and even cholesterol compared to non-pet owners. Having a furry friend around the house can actually reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack.


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4. Pets improve your immune system

There is no escaping the fact that pets can bring in all sorts of germs and dirt into the house. But this isn’t always a bad thing. These germs can help improve your family’s immunity to various illnesses such as colds. Babies and children that grow up in a house where there are pets are often healthier and experience fewer infections compared to those without pets.


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5. Pets stop children from developing allergies

It’s not guaranteed that having a pet in your home will automatically stop your children from developing all allergies. But there has been evidence that regular exposure to cat fur can help. However, if members of the family are already allergic to pets, owning one won’t suddenly make them immune.


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6. Dogs can detect cancer

We all know that dogs have an incredible sense of smell. But what many people don’t realise is that some dogs have been able to detect cancer. A number of pet owners have reported that their dogs actually saved their lives by catching their cancer early. Their dogs would constantly paw or even lick at an area of the skin and when the owner got it checked out, they discovered there was a tumour underneath the skin.


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7. Pets teach children about responsibility

Many parents may groan when their children start to nag them that they desperately want a dog or cat. Kids love animals and when they are the right age, having a pet can teach them many important skills. But they don’t just learn the practical side of cleaning out the cage and grooming the animal, it also helps them to develop their empathy and nurturing skills, which become so crucial in later life.


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Looking after any pet can be a big responsibility, but all the hard work is worthwhile.


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