5 Benefits of Having a Pet

Allergy Reducers & Immunity Boosters

Contrary to popular belief, a child growing up in a home with furry friends is more likely to develop a stronger immune system as well as a lower risk of asthma and allergies. According to an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by pediatrician James E. Gern, pets can reduce the likelihood of a child developing related allergies by 33%.  This effect is not observed in adults who suffer from allergies. If you aren’t prone to allergens and have a growing family, we recommend plenty of cuddle time for your children and pets!

Heart Healthy

We know pets are heart-warming, but can they be heart-healthy, too? Both the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the NIH (National Institute of Health) have released studies on the health effects pets have on their companions. Data has shown that people with pets experience decreased blood pressure and low triglyceride and cholesterol levels, all of which play a role in heart health. Even for those who have experienced a heart attack, a dog or cat can aid or facilitate the recovery process. This may be due to the animal’s ability to reduce stress levels for their human companions. Dogs and cats are highly intuitive and can even identify an oncoming attack!

Power Over Mind & Soul

We don’t often associate stress with hormonal imbalances in our bodies and potentials for disease. Constant stress actually leads to the release of harmful chemicals in your body (cortisol and norepinephrine) that may compromise your immune system. To counter this, the release of stress-relieving chemicals (dopamine and serotonin) is most effective.

Pleasurable and calming experiences trigger these transmitters, and guess who is best equipped to stimulate them? Playing with your pets is a soothing experience that elevates levels of these chemicals in your body. Indeed, the unconditional love of a pet provides many mental and emotional benefits. They are both mood boosters and refreshing to the mind and soul.

Personal Trainers

A pet is like your own personal trainer. Adults who take responsibility of their pet’s exercise regimen are more likely to reap the benefits of physical activity. The National Institute of Health accepts that pets encourage and motivate their human companions to get fit. You can participate in any number of moderate to intensive exercises with your furry friends. This includes jogging, biking, hiking and even doggy yoga!

Social Interactions

Pets and conversations about them can be amazing ice-breakers when socializing. Whether you’re in a park, neighborhood environment or around others fishing for something to talk about, pets allow for a greater degree of social engagement. They can be a common denominator in meet and greet situations that help you develop social skills. After all, only other pet owners know what it’s like to cuddle up with your buddy after a long day at work!

Ready to Adopt?

There’s never been a more perfect reason to welcome a pet into your family and home. Palm Valley Animal Center is filled with beaming cats and dogs ready to care for their new human companion, and that could be you! Give us a call at 956-686-1141 to learn more about the PVAC and how we can aid in your search for a pet.


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