Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. (George Eliot)

Like elsewhere around the globe Pakistanis too are pet loving people. It is believed that having pets makes you more sensitive and caring as a person. While most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. The research has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity. People tend to keep all sort of animals as pets like birds, digs, cats, insects and even some wild animals like snake, tigers etc. it is like bond that they share with them which is has more grip than the one with a human.

Having pets have numerous advantages. It is believed that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. Some studies show that people with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations. Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax. It is also considered that pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) compare to those who do not have pets. Research has shown that while people with dogs often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.