Benefits Of Pet Ownership Essay
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“I think I could turn and live with the animals. They are so placid and self-contained,'; writes American poet Walt Whitman (Schellenberg 1). Yes, pets have been part of human culture throughout history, and in American households, they are more common than children. It is reported that 58% of U.S. households have at least one pet, whereas only 35% have children (Whitaker; Witherell 76). Owners spend billions of dollars each year on pet food, accessories, and veterinary care, but apparently pets give back, too (Schellenberg 1). Medical studies show that pet companionship offers concrete health benefits (Simross 14). While only in the past few decades have scientists become interested in the benefits of pets on human health…show more content…
A recent study at UCLA found that 37% of Medicare patients who owned pets visited their doctor less frequently and seemed to tolerate stressful events better (Whitaker). These are only the physical benefits.
“Being with animals. . .is just good for our hearts and souls. We . . .know that animals can lower blood pressure and help us live longer. But there is a whole other spiritual level there,'; writes Susan McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers (Simross 15). The psychological benefits include reduced mental distress, a sense of security, lower rates of depression, and higher morale (Schellenberg 2). Serving as an effective stress reducer, “stroking an animal is calming,'; says UCLA psychologist Dr. Judith Siegel (Witherell 77). Patients who watched a fish tank before going into surgery did as well as those who underwent hypnosis to reduce anxiety and discomfort (Schellenberg 2). The benefits are obvious no matter if the animal has four legs, wings, fins, or even scales.
Why such beneficial effects? “Ironically, the most common reason people give for not having pets-having to care for them-is one of the reasons pets improve health. Pets require that you ‘extend’ yourself when you normally wouldn’t, and for people who are ill or just want better health, pets turn them into ‘care
Benefits of Pets Essay
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Pets can be very both physically and emotionally beneficial to their owners. Living with and caring for them can also be a great experience and very entertaining. Even browsing YouTube, thousands of pet owners record their little friend's amusing tricks and humorous incidents to share with the world. Although these videos or pictures can encourage your desire for a similar companion, many details to keeping an animal of that sort may not be evident. There is a huge variety of species available, from tarantulas to munchkin cats, with many ways to obtain them, but not everyone can handle a giant arachnid or endure changing kitty litter. Even with the wide ranging selection, it is imperative to know how to choose a pet that suits you.…show more content…
Discussing questions related to a certain species with experienced owners will give you more of an insight as to what the animal requires and sometimes discover issues you haven't considered. Secondly, make sure you are able to provide adequate care for the animal you are thinking of giving a home to. Sufficient housing is vital but another aspect of providing an adequate home is how much it generally costs to own a certain pet. If you are considering a dog or cat, they tend to be more costly than most pets due to amount of food needed, vaccinations, veterinary bills, boarding, spaying/neutering etc... A snake or gecko are a bit more simple depending on the specific species, but finding a veterinarian that treats reptiles can be hard and costly if your small creature becomes ill. Another aspect most future pet owners do not consider is the life span of the pet you want. A cockatoo may seem to fit your life style but will you be able to maintain the care for a creature who lives as long as you do or would a rat with a general life span of three years be suitable? This will also avoid an upsetting experience if your animal doesn't live long or having to give up your companion due to living situation changes. Aside from cost and life span, it is very important that you check your local laws and with your landlord to avoid having to relinquish the companion due to conflicts