National Pet Month: how pets benefit our health

A quick summary:

Here at Heka, our furry friends are a very important part of the team. It's undeniable that they all bring so much joy and happiness into our lives, and those of our friends and families. Here are some of the major benefits we get from having a furry friend around!

1. Provide excellent companionship

It's a known fact that pets are fantastic companions. Whether it’s a cat sleeping on your lap or a dog by your side; you will instantly feel the benefits of having their company. They will always be waiting for you to come home, and be more than happy to listen to the issues you've faced in your day. This is particularly true if you happen to live by yourself, or the people you live with have different working patterns to you!

2. Keep you fit

Dogs in particular get you moving. All dogs need regular walks to keep them happy, healthy and fit, which helps you keep motivated to get moving every day! Many people also run with their dogs, which is great exercise for both of you and also acts as a perfect time to bond with your pet more. However, it's not just adults health that benefits from having a pet - children also gain from it. Playing with a pet or joining you for a walk or run is a great way to keep them active, and the companionship is very beneficial for their mental health.

3. Lower stress levels

Life can be stressful, particularly during this past year or so with the covid-19 pandemic. Stress and high levels of anxiety can lead to multiple health problems, such as high blood pressure and digestive issues. Having a pet can really reduce your stress levels, and help you relax. Stroking a animal, playing and exercising with a pet is proven to be fantastic stress relievers. Previous studies have even found that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol compared to those who don't own a pet. So, furry friends really do benefit your health!

4. Benefit your mental health massively!

Over 84% of pet owners agree that having a pet companion benefits their mental health considerably. Not only do your pets keep you company, but they are also dependent on you, giving you a reason to get up in the morning. Talking your dog for a walk is also a fantastic way to make new friends, or chat to people you would normally bypass. They prevent you from feeling lonely, and will also lend an ear if you need to chat to someone.