Pets and Their Health Benefits
Pets are those animals that people keep as pets for other people. In some countries, particularly the urban ones where there is a high rate of obesity and diabetes, people usually keep dogs as pets as well as cats and ducks. A pet, or domesticated animal, is an animal kept mainly for the company of humans or for entertainment and not for a work or research animal, sheep or cattle. It does not include wild animals.
A study was made in which it was concluded that there was less aggression between dogs and bulls as opposed to a similar study made in Germany in which domestic dogs attacked more domestic cats than it did their wild ancestors. Domestic dogs also had lower rates of arthritis and cancer. This proves that pets make good companions because they help relieve mental stress, act as guard dogs and protectors, and because they make good pets because they do not get aggressive. In fact, according to the book Pets, Health and Happiness, by Joseph T. Vockelberg and William D. Cotter, there is a thirty percent chance that if a dog stays alone with its owner, it will be happier and healthier. This is supported by studies on rats in which it was found that if a rat was left on its own it would die an average of eighteen days later, but if it was given company it lived an average of seven and one-half days.
Pets have many health benefits. It has been proven that animals help keep the heart healthy. They help keep the immune system strong and reduce illness and disease. Pets also provide companionship and joy and can offer affection to people who have difficulties staying close to children or aging relatives. Studies have also proven that pets have a positive impact on the behavior of children towards their parents and on the attitude of delinquency towards youngsters.