Pets: Benefits And How To Live Healthy Around Them

living healthy with pets

living healthy with pets

Pets: Benefits And How To Live Healthy Around Them

On a weighing balance, the pros of living with a pet outweigh the cons. There are a lot of health benefits attached to being a pet owner; Issues of depression and anxiety are eliminated as they help manage the pressure that comes with feeling lonely, ensuring we have the companionship needed to face life head-on. With the present challenges most Nigerians are facing, also putting into cognizance the impending recession lurking as a result of some policies from the new government, it is only nice that Nigerians are open to the idea of using emotional support animals to shoulder the effect of the dwindling economy. 

living healthy with an emotional support animal

According to UMass Chan Medical School, an Emotional support animal (ESA) is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit (e.g., emotional support, comfort, companionship) to a person with a mental health or psychiatric disability (such as a serious mental health condition). But in this context, we’re looking at relieving the effects of anxiety and other forms of depression through companionship. 

Meanwhile, read our article on Emotional Support Animals (ESA): How To Obtain One In Nigeria 

Research has indicated that the connection between individuals and their furry companions is associated with numerous advantages for their well-being. These benefits encompass various aspects of health.

Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, along with reduced feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and symptoms associated with PTSD have been observed to be associated with keeping pet animals.  

It is worth mentioning that pets also pose health risks to their owners if they’re not properly cared for. Pets like cats and dogs are prone to flea and tick infestation, which compromises their health and leaves them vulnerable to infections. Diseases gotten from animals are called Zoonotic diseases. 

Did you know

did you know?

Keeping pet rodents like chinchillas, hedgehogs, and guinea pigs can increase the risk of exposure to the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which has the potential to cause birth defects.

Certain individuals are more susceptible to contracting diseases that can be transmitted by animals.
  • Children younger than five should not be exposed to pets like reptiles (snakes, lizards, etc) and amphibians (frogs, toads, and newts) as most of these animals are poisonous and secrete toxins. Another thing to note is children who fall within this age bracket do not have a well-developed immune system to combat most of these harmful substances. 
  •  People with a weakened immune system like older adults should try to consult with their doctors or a veterinarian to know the right type of pet animal for them. 
  • People with allergies are another sect. Some are allergic to cat fur, or animal fur in general. This could be a life-threatening situation if medical assistance is not immediately available. 
  • Pregnant women should be wary of being around stray cats as they have the potential to carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, that causes toxoplasmosis. This disease is a cause for concern during pregnancy, as it triggers birth defects in unborn babies.
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Tips for Maintaining Good Health While Living with Pets

staying healthy with pets

  • Maintain a Clean Living Environment: Regularly clean your home, especially areas where your pets spend most of their time. Vacuuming, dusting, and washing bedding can help minimize the presence of pet dander and allergens, promoting better air quality.
  • Wash Your Hands: After interacting with your pets, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This simple practice helps prevent the spread of germs and minimizes the risk of infections.
  • Practice Good Pet Hygiene: Regularly groom your pets by brushing their fur and cleaning their paws. This reduces the accumulation of dirt, bacteria, and allergens. 
  • Stay Up-to-Date with Vaccinations: Ensure your pets receive their necessary vaccinations and regular check-ups. By keeping them healthy, you decrease the risk of contracting any potential illnesses from them.
Take Home 

Remember, to stay healthy around pets, pay attention to cleanliness, hygiene, and regular veterinary checks. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll enjoy the company of your pets while keeping yourself and your furry friends in good health.


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