Animals have been domesticated for thousands of years. People have been loved by pets for thousands of years. In fact, this article states that dogs have been domesticated for around 8,000 years. But can having a pet keep you healthier? Recent studies have revealed that having an animal companion can keep you happier.
This is a very interesting discovery, because many people have pets. In fact, in a 2011 survey, humanesociety.org revealed that there are 86.4 million owned cats and 78.2 million owned dogs in the United States. there are It’s no secret that pets give you unconditional love. So it makes sense that a pet could possible keep you healthier. In my opinion, health is slightly mental, so a happy person is more apt to be healthy than a sad person.
A study was performed by University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI, more info on ReCHAI here) about such a topic. ReCHAI paired some seniors with a dog, and paired others with another human. It was proven that having a pet improved the seniors’ abilities to walk by 28 percent, while the people who walked with another human had their walking abilities only raised by 4 percent. The reasons given were that a human came up with excuses on why not to take a walk, while the pets never came up with an excuse to stay at home. One would imagine that these people would me more apt to exercise in the future, and could possibly extend your life. Which is obviously a good thing.
After reading a study like this, it makes me wonder why all seniors don’t have pets. If it makes you happy, and can also make you healthier, what do you have to lose? Nothing, in my opinion. Pets are there for you no matter what, and pets also can make a bad day good, at least for a while. I know that I’m going to have a pet as long as I live. Whether it is a cat, a dog, or any other furry creature, I know I’m going to want an animal to brighten my life. Because that’s what they do.
Again, there’s nothing to lose by owning a pet. Don’t you WANT to live longer? Do you WANT to be happy? I think most people do, so I think everybody should get a pet.