Having pets at home is really fun. But apart from the fun factor, there are also a lot of health benefits that people get to enjoy if they have pets at home. So here are top 5 reasons as to why pets are good for your health.

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Increased number of years:

A lot of research studies have proven that having pets at home can increase the longevity of the person’s life. It can be any pet and research says that this theory applies even if you have an aquarium at home. The survival rate was better for people who had pets that people who didn’t have one. This is simply because people with pets were happier and content when compared to others who didn’t have one. This is the reason why they lived longer.

Increase in levels of oxytocin:

Oxytocin level is said to increase in our body when we are around pets, especially dogs. Otherwise known as the love hormone or the trust hormone, this oxytocin is said to secrete better when our pets are around us. There is a major increase in the oxytocin level in your body in less than just 30 minutes of playing with your pup. Secretion of oxytocin helps you fight a lot of negative issues such as depression and other psychological problems.

Fights depression:

This is just an extension of the points that are stated earlier. But depression is a major problem that most people face today and thereby it is worth mentioning once again. Playing with your pets can help you fight depression and increases the secured feeling and the feeling of being wanted. Pampering your animals can actually boost your mood and makes you feel better if you have had a long depressing day.

Reduces loneliness:

Most people who are forced to live along due to work and other commitments are found to have pets to kill the feeling of being alone. The feeling of loneliness strikes in when you have nobody around to play and talk to. Now if you have pets at home you can talk to them, play with them and kill time that would otherwise have gone brooding.

Helps with cardiac health:

Walking pets around, pampering them and playing with them can help you with your cardiac issues. If studies are to be believed, people with cardiac issues and pets managed to live quite longer than people who have issues but not pets. One other complication that is closely related to heart is diabetes. Pets can also help their owners fight diabetes. As we saw earlier, since pets can help you fight conditions like depression, pressure and loneliness it can save your heart as well, because these issues are pretty much close to affecting your heart.