For the Love of Pets The advantages of having a human-animal bond
If you own pets, you obviously adore them and consider them family, but what is the human-animal bond?
It is defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a mutually beneficial and dynamic interaction between people and animals, influenced by behaviors that are critical to both their health and well-being
Here are just a handful of the many advantages that exist for both humans and animals that share a special bond.
Physical well-being: Having a pet might mean getting more exercise, whether it's through regular walks, playtime, or other outside activities. This increased physical activity can help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rates, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and stress.
Mental health: A pet's unconditional affection can bring solace and reduce emotions of loneliness, melancholy, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For individuals who are personally struggling, pets can provide a sense of purpose and enhanced confidence.
According to a 2006 study, pet owners laugh more on a daily basis than non-pet owners. Petting an animal can alleviate anxiety, according to another study, and pet interactions can trigger the feel-good hormone oxytocin in human bodies.
Possibilities for socialization: Having pets in our lives may encourage us to get out and about more frequently, resulting in greater social contacts. Pets, after all, are excellent conversation starters. Seniors who are more alone than others may benefit from these social trips.
Increased independence: Service and emotional support animals not only assist their owners with regular duties and even medical conditions, but they also bring comfort and security to those who have experienced trauma in the past.
Youngsters's health and development: The human-animal bond is linked to greater perspective-taking abilities, intellectual development, and enlarged social networks and interactions in children. Childhood pet ownership has been demonstrated in studies to increase self-esteem, fulfill a child's desire to be needed, and provide a feeling of purpose.
When youngsters build a bond with their family pet, it might help them feel less lonely and better communicate their emotions. A pet can often act as a confidante for a child, giving a secure area for sharing and feeling.
Early exposure to cats and dogs throughout a child's first few years of life can also help improve a child's immune system, which can help protect them against allergies and asthma.
Domestic violence and animal abuse are linked for the love of pets.
Animals improve our lives in a variety of ways, from practical health benefits to overall emotional well-being. There are many advantages to living life with a pet, whether you like laughing at your pet's antics, snuggling up on cold nights, or exploring the outdoors.
RedRover believes that pets are members of the family and is dedicated to enhancing the human-animal link through emergency refuge, disaster relief, financial help, and education. We are still committed to helping animals and their families in need after 35 years.