Benefits of having a pet

According to numerous studies, animals have the ability to mitigate those feelings that we value as negative, in addition to providing us with their unconditional support. Having pets when we are small bring more advantages than disadvantages, we know that taking care of an animal is not easy and we do not encourage anyone to have a pet if they cannot take care of it properly, because after all a pet becomes part of a family , the love and support that a small animal provides is incredible not only for children, but for adults. It is a responsibility that should not only be directed towards parents but also for adults.

Currently, pets such as dogs participate in what are known as animal-assisted interventions, which consist of the incorporation of an animal to a therapeutic or educational process as a complement to it and which is developed in a multidisciplinary way. Pets are an emotional support and a way for children to develop skills and can help them develop their sense of responsibility.

Pets help avoid the feeling of loneliness: Having a pet in the home helps the person feel more confident and protected. It can also help to avoid states such as depression due to feelings of loneliness, since its company encourages physical contact and communication. They may not speak, or they may not follow the conversation, but you know with complete certainty that you are not alone at home and that you have company.

Pets relieve depression: Depressed people do not feel the desire to relate. When a person maintains a bond with a pet, they have a reason to get out of bed. You may not feel like doing anything, but you know you have to feed her and in the case of dogs, for example, take her out. The depressed person often does not vent to anyone, but may feel able to talk to their pet.

Pets increase the feeling of happiness: Pet owners, after sharing a while of games, experience an increase in oxytocin, the production of serotonin and dopamine is stimulated, at the same time that cortisol is decreased, all these hormones help to decrease stress levels and are a good antidote to depression.

Pets reduce stress: The team of psychiatrist Sandra Baker from Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) measured the brain waves of different dog owners before and after spending time with them. These studies have revealed that having a pet and petting it frequently helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. So it is advisable to pet, play, walk and even talk with pets to clear the mind and feel well-being.

Pets increase the sense of responsibility: They make us responsible in their care, and teach us to set priorities. In addition to being a playmate for children, growing up with a pet is an opportunity to teach them to be responsible and respect animals. Dogs, for example, become excellent teachers, an inexhaustible source of stimuli that awaken the child’s senses.

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