Almost all kids, unless they're mortally terrified of animals or have had a scarring incident involving them, go through a phase when they badger their parents for a pet. So should you, or shouldn't you get one? While there are many situations in which you shouldn't, here are a few reasons you should consider it.
They help raise better kids
Adopting an animal helps children develop positive personality traits like responsibility and accountability as they help care for the animal. Many studies show that animals help kids get through tough situations like moving, loss of a loved one, starting a new school, etc. It also teaches kids empathy and respect for all forms of life.
They help prevent heart diseases
Research shows that an animal in the house can help lower the risk of heart diseases and improves immunity. Here's how it works: when we're stressed, our bodies release chemicals called cortisol and norepinephrine. These chemicals not only affect the immune system, but can also cause the build-up of plaque in the arteries-a bright red flag for heart diseases. Playing with an animal reduces stress and releases two 'happy chemicals' in the brain-serotonin and dopamine. So, living with an animal can help protect our bodies from stress-related conditions. Perhaps the saying should be, "An animal a day keeps the doctor away"!
They help you reach your fitness goal
Studies have shown that people who own dogs get more exercise than those who don't. By walking, jogging, playing catch and doing other activities with their dogs, dog owners are more likely to meet fitness goals. Perhaps this is the alternative to the fancy annual gym membership that you never end up using, anyway!
Want a pet but not sure how you're going to fit one in an already small house? Our pet expert Anuradha has just the solution. Read her next piece to find out how you can do it. If you have a query, comment below or write to firstname.lastname@example.org