Top 20 Benefits of Being a Pet Parent

By PetcoBlogger on Apr. 9, 2017


Being a pet parent has many benefits, which likely explains why the number of households with pets is at a record high: According to the 2015 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households have a pet (that's 84.6 million homes) and more than half of those pet parents say their pets have a positive impact on their physical and emotional health. One of reasons pets are so therapeutic is because they fulfill one of our most basic needs—to touch.

So what are the benefits of being a pet parent? Pets...

    1. Are excellent stress-relievers. 
    2. Provide companionship and alleviate boredom.
    3. Help improve our health by helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
    4. Provide emotional support and stability for those battling depression or anxiety.
    5. Offer a sense of security.
    6. Increase levels of oxytocin, a naturally occurring chemical that encourages feelings of trust, empathy and bonding.
    7. Help you live a longer, healthier, happier life.
    8. (Dogs especially) Buffer social isolation or shyness by giving you a chance to interact with others. And, they’re great date magnets!
    9. Teach responsibiity and foster emotional, social and physical development. 
    10. Provide the elderly with a daily sense of purpose, and teach responsibility for younger pet parents.


    11. Elevate our levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are known to have calming properties. (When you are out and active). 
    12. Lend a helping paw during life-changing events, such as chronic illness, job loss, divorce, death of a loved one and more. (However, these may not be the best times to get a new pet).
    13. Therapy pets can assist people of all ages with all types of disabilities.
    14. Working dogs can support the disabled as well as those with chronic health conditions. 
    15. Alleviate allergies. (Some studies have shown that children who grow up in households with pets might avoid developing allergies to pets later in life).
  1. Teach empathy.
  2. Help with rehabilitation.
  3. Always have a sympathetic ear. You can always count on your pet to be there for you, no matter what.
  4. Offer hours of laughter and entertainment.
  5. Are always ready for an afternoon nap, a snuggle or an afternoon watching the big game.

How has your pet enriched your life? Tell us in the comments below. Looking to add a pet to your family? Check out these five hard-to-ignore reasons to adopt.

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