3.Elevates Your Mood
This is arguably the most obvious benefit of owning a pet is they can really boost the good feelings inside of you. Studies have shown that soldiers getting back into civilian life have an easier time when they own pets. In fact, ownership of pets actually decreases the suicide rate as well.
Both dogs and cats have a profound effect on the heart, helping to reduce cardiovascular disease and the chance of strokes by upwards of 40% as compared to those who do not own dogs or cats. In additions, those who do suffer from a heart attack are far more likely to be alive a year later if they own a dog or cat.