How to deal with pets
Pets can provide companionship and unconditional love, which are vital parts of a happy and healPets
thy life. They are also the source of playfulness and exercise. Pets allow for both independence and dependence, as you have to walk a dog or feed your fish every few hours, but they also let you know that someone cares when after being gone all day long they come home to their furry friend wagging its tail at them. If you're thinking about getting a pet, consider adopting an animal in need instead of buying one from a local breeder or store that may sell animals that don't live up to the standards animal welfare activists strive for.
The most common good reasons for adopting are:
Animals help reduce stress and anxiety. Research has shown that the social interaction with a pet can be a powerful anti-depressant. The simple act of petting or snuggling up on the couch with a dog or cat can reduce cortisol levels and improve sleep. Pets also act as nature's own tranquilizers, taking care of obnoxious noises by putting them to sleep instead of amplifying them; having a dog that greets you at the door makes loud knocks more bearable.
Pets also help families recover from illness or the death of a loved one. After a lot of pain and suffering, or in the wake of a great loss it can be comforting to have something that is always happy to see you and is there beside you, without judgment. A pet can also provide an activity for children to participate in; patients recovering from surgery that are not ready for strenuous exercise but need movement will benefit from having a dog or cat around the house.
Pets help keep you active and healthy. Having to walk a dog, feed fish, or clean out the cage gives you an excuse to get up off the couch and move around. Pets keep you up on their schedule so bathroom breaks are forced upon you every few hours. When I had a dog at my parents at age 12 he was the reason I got up to make sure my siblings and neighbors were safe and knew where we were. Having a pet can be an excellent way to keep you on your toes.
Pets help keep you young, so you won't get old, as they say. A well-behaved dog doesn't bark that much, and it doesn't have bad breath or mess all over the house after eating its favorite food straight out of the bag. Even though I've had dogs in foster care, puppy mills, rescue centers and at home for most of my life, since adopting two dogs one can never get too old!
Animals can provide support during difficult times.