People decide to get a pet for lots of reasons: to help their kids develop important life skills, as a precursor to starting a family, or for emotional support. Research has shown that kids who grow up in homes with pets tend to have fewer infections because exposure to animals stimulates their immune system.Having a pet can teach children—anyone, really—valuable life lessons around responsibility, compassion, trust, respect, and patience. As pet people, we highly recommend getting a pet. But it’s important to think about why you want one and how being a pet owner will fit in with your lifestyle. We’re here to walk you through the four reasons why getting a pet is a good idea.
1. Always Wanted a Pet
If you’ve always wanted a pet, go for it! Maybe the landlord of your childhood home didn’t allow pets or someone in your previous household was allergic—whatever the reason, there’s no time like the present to fulfill your dream of having a pet. Pets need food, water, and affection, and sometimes caring for them helps us take care of ourselves too.
Bonding with an animal can help make us more compassionate and empathetic, walking a dog has health benefits getting us fresh air and exercise, and having a pet is a great way to “break the ice” with friendly people who are eager to pet your pup. Being a pet parent can be challenging at times, but it is a rewarding experience that will no doubt stay with you and your family for a lifetime.
2. Spending More Time at Home
Knowing that someone is at home waiting for you is as good a motivator as any for spending more time at home. Being a pet parent can sometimes be quite an adventure. Even though you’re at home, if you’re at home with your furry friend, you’re never bored. They like to explore and sometimes get into trouble, which keeps you on your toes. There’s always some pet-related project to tackle at home like revamping your yard, adding screens to your windows, shopping for cool pet toys and gadgets, removing fur from various pieces of furniture, grooming, and much more.
Even just cuddling on the couch with your pet can be a great way to spend an evening. You might even feel safer at home if you have a large dog like a German shepherd or a Rottweiler who is always standing by to protect their home and their family.
3. Free Time To Spend With a Pet
Spending your free time with your pet, especially dogs, can help you get out of your comfort zone in the best possible way. Having a dog might encourage you to explore your neighborhood a bit more—other than just your local dog park. You might even want to take your high-energy pup for a run on the beach, a trip to your local pet-friendly coffee shop, a hike in the woods, or a visit to a national park. Let your pet inspire you and your family to go on new, Instagram-worthy adventures and create lasting memories.
4. Combat Loneliness
Whether you have a human family of one or six, everyone can get lonely. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone to talk to, even if they can’t talk back. Studies have shown having a pet reduces stress and anxiety and causes the body to release the “feel-good” hormone oxytocin. If you have a pet at home, you’re never alone.
If you were on the fence about getting a family pet, we hope we’ve given you the guidelines to help you and your family decide to take the leap and enjoy the positive impact of having a pet. No matter which pet you decide on, pick one that best suits your family’s lifestyle.
If your family travels a lot, consider getting a pet like a turtle, fish, or hamster that doesn’t require as much playtime as cats and dogs. If you like to go for long walks or hikes, a dog would be a great addition to the family to maintain physical activity. Need help deciding which pet will best fit into your family lifestyle? Contact Airvet today. Our licensed veterinarians can help set you up for success before the new family member arrives.