Why pet ownership is good for your health!

Owning a pet can be like having a furry, feathery, or scaly friend that brings joy and health benefits into your life – it’s not just about having a cute companion (although that’s great too!).

January 12, 2024

Stress busters

It only takes a few minutes with a dog or cat or watching fish swim to feel calmer and less stressed. The level of cortisol, a stress hormone, lowers. And serotonin, a feel-good chemical your body makes, rises. It's like getting a natural dose of happiness just by spending time with your pet.

Heart health

Having a pet may also improve your heart health. Studies have shown that pet owners often have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The daily routine of walking a dog, for example, not only benefits the pup but also gives you some exercise. Regular physical activity is good for your heart, and it's a lot more enjoyable when you have a four-legged friend by your side.


Pets are great companions. The unconditional love and loyalty they provide create a sense of connection. When you talk to your pet or engage in play, it's like having a conversation without any judgement – they're just happy to be with you.


Another health perk of having a pet is that they encourage a routine. Pets thrive on consistency, whether it's feeding time or playtime. This routine can provide structure to your day and help you establish healthy habits. Plus, caring for a pet gives you a sense of purpose and responsibility, which can be particularly beneficial for mental health.

Social magnets!

Whether you're walking your dog in the park or sharing stories about your cat online, pets can help you connect with others and build a sense of community. And let's not forget how pets can make us laugh with their funny antics – it's like instant mood-boosting therapy.


Research has indicated that exposure to pets in early childhood may reduce the risk of developing allergies and asthma. Growing up with animals can also help build a stronger immune system.

So, if you've been considering getting a pet, know that not only are you gaining a lovable friend, but you're also investing in your own well-being.

And if you're not quite ready for pet ownership, consider fostering or helping a friend with pet care. It could be a step toward building your own furry friendship.

Take a look at our helpful tips for pet ownership:

A beginners guide to keeping pet goldfish

Raising healthy guinea pigs

What you need to know about adopting a cat

A guide to keeping rabbits

How to care for older cats and dogs

Keeping birds as pets

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