The past few years have been lonely, for some, due to the pandemic. What has helped people during this isolating time is finding a furry companion. Since 2020, pet ownership in the United States has risen from 67% of households to 70%, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is an all-time high. With that said, there are some healthy benefits to having pets during this hard time.
Pets can increase opportunities to get exercise, go outside, and to socialize. Daily walks and playing with your furry friend can decrease blood pressure, feelings of loneliness, anxiety, symptoms of PTSD and cholesterol levels. They can also help manage loneliness and depression by giving us a companion. There is a special bond between a pet owner and a pet.
While owning a pet has its advantages, you need to make sure that you choose the right pet for you. Think about the environment it will be living in, and if it is a proper place for the pet. Then, think about the pet’s needs. Certain animals with health or physical concerns may need special care. Also, think about how many pets you plan on getting. Some pets may need a partner in crime, like Sugar Gliders for example (they are notorious for feeling lonely when by themselves). They normally live longer when there are two of them.
At the end of the day, no matter what kind of pet you are getting, make sure you are choosing the right pet for you and to think about all the health benefits they may provide for you.