Benefits of pet ownership go beyond companionship

Miranda Larsen and Tango

Miranda Larsen and Tango

You may not know it, but Fluffy and Fido may be quite beneficial to your wellbeing. In addition to the love and companionship that they offer, the joy that you receive offers health benefits that are well documented.  Multiple studies show that pets can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and anxiety, boost immunity, and can help with allergies.

A recent study shows that children growing up with a pet in the home have a lesser chance of developing allergies and asthma as they get older. It also teaches the child about responsibility, and caring for others.

Pets not only help your physical health, but your mental wellbeing also. It has been known that playing with a pet raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which are the nerve transmitters that have pleasurable and calming properties. Pet owners are also able to cope with stressful situations better than non-owners.

“C’mon big dog; let’s go.”

It’s time to get out of the house and take a brisk walk through the neighborhood—big dog and his owner share a need for exercise, and somehow, walking together at least once every day usually makes exercise a pleasure. Having a dog is a great incentive for getting outside, or if you have children, dogs and kids can play for hours wearing each other out. It’s a win win situation.

Leash training has become more popular for cats, but you are not going to get the physical exercise that you need trying to take Fluffy for a walk. You will get more health benefits from the joy that a cat brings to you and the calming effect on your soul.

Adopting an animal in need is a wonderful feeling; and this feeling will never cease. You will get the enjoyment and companionship, and obtain all the health benefits that come with pet ownership. There are many animal shelters here in Clark County looking for you to find your perfect fur baby. One local cat rescue organizations called Furry Friends has a great selection of kitties for your perusal. Check out the available kitties on their web site at

~Natalie Luther