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The Pros of Owning a Pet

Megan Joshua
Megan Joshua’s dog, Coco, enjoying a cold Christmas in comfy clothes.

Imagine, a world filled with unlimited love, companionship, and limitless happiness. Although some would consider this unbelievable, owning a pet can help someone achieve these special moments. These furry creatures provide multiple benefits to people, such as improved mental health, improved physical health, more interactions with people, and even more.

1. Happiness and Comfort

Many people in this world struggle with loneliness and are in need of a companion who will stick by their side no matter what. Luckily enough whether an animal has scales, feathers, or fur, they are sure to be able to share affection, joy, and comfort. Cats are always consistent with their calming attitude, which can give comfort to almost anyone’s day.  These playful pups are willing to have a great time with their owner anywhere and at any time. Not to mention, any type of pet is able to help its owner feel a sense of security. So what is there to not love about them? 

2. Improved Physical Health

Physical health is very important, and owning a pet can help improve it. Many animals are active creatures that enjoy running around. By having a pet, such as a dog, a person is able to get in more cardio for the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels”. Any person can achieve this by simply going on an adventure with their pet. 

3. Improved Mental Health

Mental health problems are something almost every person on this Earth has experienced at least once in their life. There are many pets that are able to assist people’s needs, such as service animals. They provide emotional support with their presence and can reduce depression and anxiety. American Heart Association informs, “Evidence suggests that attachment to pets is good for human health and even helps build a better community. It’s no secret that pets can contribute to your happiness. Studies show that dogs reduce stress, anxiety and depression”. Even without a service animal, any person is able to feel better with a pet around them.

4. More Social Interactions

Talking to people can be very difficult. By owning a pet, people can talk with each other about a topic they both have an interest in. Awkward conversations will no longer exist when someone has a pet, as they can be an ice-breaker. Furthermore, a person is able to meet others through many activities related to pets, such as at parks, groups, animal clubs, and even more. 

5. Lifelong Memories

Special memories are something a person is bound to never forget. Fond moments are always created with pets. A person can reminisce on the milestones the pet and owner had made together, the adventures and different places they have traveled together, ordinary, yet fun moments, the lessons they have learned together, and the lifelong companion that will stay by their side.

When my pet dog was first introduced to me, it was one of the best things that has ever happened in my life. It was like having an addition to your family and being able to have someone you can always rely on no matter what happens.

— Megan Joshua


Overall, owning a pet is one of the best decisions a person can make in their life. Not only does it help a person in many forms such as mental health, physical health, and new social interactions, but a pet will always stay by one’s side, supporting them. Besides, is there anything better than being able to have a loved one by your side?

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    Emma SafariOct 26, 2023 at 7:28 AM

    I think everyone can agree that pets are an addition to our lives.

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    Brenda LuOct 26, 2023 at 7:22 AM

    I like how you included multiple positive benefits of having a pet.