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5 Amazing Benefits of Being a Pet Parent

Sandra is a veterinary assistant and has worked at various animal hospitals. She is a mother to a GSD, Siberian Husky and two cats.


You don’t have to be a Pet Parent to know that animals can brighten anyone’s day. Hearing a cat purr, or seeing a dog’s happy face and wagging tail is enough to make anyone’s heart melt.

Whether you’re just curious or you’re thinking about taking the leap to become a pet parent, there are benefits other than seeing a cute fluffy face every day, such as:

They help you connect with other like-minded people.

When I made the decision to attend vet assisting school, I was anxious and didn’t know what to expect. The worry and anxiety soon melted away during the first day. By the time it was almost time to go home, my classmates and I were already talking to each other as if we had known each other for years, and it all started by showing each other pictures of the furry babies who were waiting for us at home.

The animal-loving community is tight-knit. This can be a great ice breaker and a great way of finding your people while sharing common or downright hilarious pet experiences.

There's nothing quite like the love of a dog or a cat.

There's nothing quite like the love of a dog or a cat.

They give us unconditional love

We really don’t deserve animals. Their love is so pure, genuine, and unconditional. To be honest, I would prefer hanging out with my pets over doing anything else, any day.

I once had a bi-colored german shepherd dog named Hendrix who had no formal bite training and ran to my rescue while someone was trying to hurt me. He was always there for me when I needed him. He just — knew. Hendrix was the love of my life in dog form, and I will never forget him and the love we had for each other.

Salem is my favorite kitty and it’s almost as if we connect on another level. We don’t speak the same language, but to quote the movie Gremlins:

“To understand, one has only to listen.”

Our fur babies are extremely empathetic to our feelings, and if you’re having a bad day, you can assure your dog or cat will be right there next to you and will do anything they can to wipe your tears or put a smile on your face.

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They keep you on a regular schedule

You have to make sure you feed them, take them for walks, and give them formal training around the same time. Keeping with a more structured schedule is good for both you and your furry companion because you’re adding predictability to your day. In turn, this helps you and your baby feel comfortable, secure, and safe.

Keeping your dog on a schedule helps make it easier to train them, and maintain training. You'll thank yourself later.

They motivate you to be more active

Meeting your pet’s basic needs includes feeding, providing shelter, giving them lots of TLC, while providing mental, and physical exercise.

If you’re not usually someone who enjoys working out, taking your dog out for a walk or playing with them in the yard will help you sneak some cardio in while having fun and bond with your dog.

Even if you're a cat parent, you still have the option of enjoying the outdoors with your kitty, and taking them for a walk as well!

For those who don't have dogs or cats, give Rover a try. You can make a little extra money on the side, and stay active in the process!

You live a longer life

It’s a known fact that the more we stress, the less healthy we become. When we are happy, it manifests physically and physiologically. Studies have shown that being around animals, or having pets is a direct link to us being happier people who stress less, which helps us live longer lives.

Isn’t science amazing?


Pets are more than animals who live in our homes and share our beds. They are wonderful, empathetic creatures, who help us lead happier lives, help us keep structured days, and live a little longer.

They become a member of our pack and help us connect with other like-minded people who share the same love of our four-legged friends — so tell me, what’s not to like about that?

How has a dog or a cat improved your life? Let me know in the poll below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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