In almost every third household in Ireland, pets are keeping people company. They are loyal, cuddly, alert and comical companions and they exert a positive influence on our wellbeing. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how pets can have a positive influence on people of all ages.
Good for the soul
Animals impart warmth, closeness, security and comfort. It’s not only children who appreciate this, but adults too, for example when they return home after a stressful day at work. For many when a dog starts fussing around their legs and wagging their tail things immediately start to look brighter. The animal looks for the attention of the owner, strengthening the feeling of self-esteem. Moreover, they provide comfort for single and elderly people, brightening up their everyday life.
2. Relief from stress
Having an animal in the house helps humans in coping with and relieving stress – countless studies have shown this. So the next time you feel stressed, remember that petting your dog can give you some relief.
3. Health benefits
Scientific studies have proven time and time again just how beneficial animals are for human health and well being. Pet owners pay fewer visits to the doctor than those who haven’t cultivated a bond with an animal. People overcome stressful situations more easily when they know they have an animal by their side. Quality TLC time between the pet and owner lowers blood pressure and slows the pulse. Children with pets also cope better with difficult situations for a given age. For those with heart ailments, animal contact relieves stress, reduces anxiety and strengthens the heart and lung functions.