Benefits of Animals to People

benefits of animals to people

Do you have a favorite pet at home? If your pet is a big part of your life, bringing you (mostly) joy every day, that might just be a health benefit to you!

At my house we have a pet similar to the Golden Retriever pictured here. She’s a great dog and we’re pretty sure she thinks that everyone shares that sentiment. Any visitor to the house is undoubtedly there to see Bailey. She walks around the neighborhood like she owns it and lots of kids and adults are drawn to her. It helps that she is very well-behaved (thanks to my  husband, the dog trainer) and shows her appreciation of attention (some of that can get pretty animated). If there is a drawback with this girl, it’s the shedding. Let’s just say she requires a good bit of cleaning after – and as a benefit to her, we do that the most natural way possible (links at end of article will tell more about that). We have pretty much always had a pet in our home. They’ve all been dogs and they have all brought very good times.

Please share why you love your pet in the comments area here. We’d love to hear about the benefits your pet brings to your life.

Caring for a pet can be good for your physical and mental health. An animal companion can be a loyal friend and a valuable member of your family, plus, pets provide companionship and unconditional love.

The bond that develops between a human and animal companion can be just as strong as the bond between two people.

Benefits of Animals to People


A pet can bring fulfillment into the lives of those who might otherwise suffer from loneliness or depression. Dogs, specifically, provide a feeling of safety and help keep you active.

Mature adults, especially those who’ve lost a spouse, can find comfort and companionship in a pet. They often go through a period of feeling as if they’re no longer needed, but owning a pet can fill that need.


Children who are shy can benefit greatly from having a pet. Animals can help draw a shy child out of their shell. There are many other benefits of having a pet for a child:

* A pet can be a good way to start a conversation and make friends.
* A family pet can boost a child’s self-esteem.
* Pets can give a child a sense of protection and security.
* Pet ownership can help teach children about interaction, compassion and responsibility.
* Pets can also help children cope with and overcome fears. For example, a child that’s afraid to go to sleep in his own room may adapt more easily if the family cat or dog is allowed to accompany them to bed.


Pets can keep you active. Dogs need regular exercise and their owners can reap the rewards of keeping fit and healthy in the process. Having a dog forces you to get up and go outside whether you want to or not.

Taking the dog for a nice leisurely walk is a great way to get moving, enjoy the outdoors, and get some fresh air. If you feel up to it, you can always go for a run with your dog. You’ll both get some exercise and have fun.

If health prevents you from walking a dog, consider getting a cat instead. Cats can be very loveable and energetic. Toss a ball across the floor or pull out a ball of yarn, and your cat will keep you both entertained for hours.

With a cat, you may not get as much exercise as you would with a dog, but you’ll get plenty of laughs, and laughter is great for your health, too!

benefits of pets

Health Benefits

Studies have shown owning a pet provides many health benefits. People with pets tend to have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and are generally healthier. Pet owners who’ve suffered a major illness recuperate quicker than those without a pet.

Pets have even been shown to increase a person’s immunity to allergies, especially in children. Owning a pet can reduce the risk of allergies, asthma and even heart disease.


People with pets also tend to be more positive and have less stress. They’re better able to cope with anxiety and deal with stressful situations. The action of petting a dog or cat can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Pets help people relax and can even improve their attitude.


A pet can help break the ice when meeting new people. Pet owners who are new to their neighborhood or have difficulty meeting people may find that their pets give them a chance to make new friends.

Animals are naturally curious and may run up to people in an attempt to make their own introductions. Conversations may start between two dog owners and a new friendship begins.

There’s a reason pets were put on this earth as companions, and we’ve only touched on some of them here. If you’re considering letting a pet join your household, it’s proven that they can do positive things for your health. Get a pet, and enjoy!

We love pets here at and we’ve been known to feed our loved ones some of our nutrition supplements from time to time. And to clean in a safe and effective way around our pets, we use all-natural cleaners, including a safe germicide at home:  Safe for Animals.

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