Who doesn’t love a cute and cuddly dog or cat to play with? The pet industry is thriving with adorable and sometimes odd-looking pets, and they remain some of the most beloved beings in the world. However, being beautiful or unusual looking and providing companionship aren’t the only things our beloved pets can do for us. They can also make you healthier!

Dogs make you exercise more – or at all

If you have ever had the pleasure of owning a dog, then it might not come as a surprise to you to learn that owners of these creatures tend to get more exercise then those who don’t own dogs.

According to research, dog owners spend up to three to four hours a week taking their animal on walks.

These people are more likely to meet government recommendations for physical activity over other people without dogs.

Dogs, fortunately for us, require physical activity to maintain their health – and although humans are much the same, we tend to ignore the rules ourselves. With a cute canine, you don’t get to make excuses!  

Playing with a pet makes love hormones

If you’re living alone, pets can be a great emotional support, not just for their companionship but the emotions they make a pet owner feel as well.

Research in Japan found the more time people spent staring into their dogs’ eyes, the more oxytocin they released.

Oxytocin is a ‘feel-good’ chemical that our bodies create and release when we love others.

So, not only can you find solace in knowing you always have a friend with you, but you can rest assured in knowing they will always make you feel love

You will feel safer

Dogs provide emotional comfort, health benefits and can also contribute to you feeling safer. No burglar alarm is better than a dog at home.

Do you have a pet, or do you want one? Let us know in the comments below.