Health & Financial Benefits of a Pet

We cannot recommend the benefits of having a pet enough. Especially dogs. I think they are the absolutely best thing to have in your life. (Since I don’t have kids, I am biased towards fur babies.) I have almost always had pets in my life – dogs, cats, and even fish, a ferret, and an iguana when I was married. The one time I didn’t have any pets in my life, either my own or a boyfriend’s, I remember being depressed and unhappy with life the majority of the time.

At the time, I didn’t really know why I was unhappy and I attributed it to the ups and downs of dating. However, when I look back at that time, I really think it was because I didn’t have a pet in my life.

Research has even show how pets can provide health benefits to humans. Having a pet in your life can decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and prevent loneliness and feelings of depression by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine. I even did a post last year on how pets make you happier and healthier.

In addition to the health benefits, pets can also save you money. You may ask how because I’m sure a lot of people would say they are an extra financial burden too when you add up the cost of vet care, grooming, food, toys, and also the damage they can do. However, there are ways a pet can save you money… here’s how I save money by having a dog:

  • I stay in more. Knowing that I always have a warm body to snuggle with on the couch while I watch TV or read a book I don’t need to constantly go out.
  • we don’t need a gym to exercise. I can just hook up Coco’s leash and head out the front door for a walk or run. (This is also a health benefit to having a dog, since they force you to stay more active.)
  • I’ve got my own in-home entertainment. Coco makes me laugh on a daily basis.
  • Unconditional (free) love. How awesome is it to come home after a crappy, stressful day at work and have your dog greet you with excitement and happiness because you are home.

These are my financial benefits of having a dog, which are also all health benefits. I’m sure everyone can identify their own unique benefits. When we adopt an animal, we are not only saving their life, but we are also saving our own in ways we often don’t realize. I will always be grateful for the benefits Coco provides me, she makes me happy, healthier, and an overall better person. #adopt #savealife

“It’s difficult to understand why people don’t realize that pets are gifts to mankind.” ~Linda Blair