Benefits of having a pet

Owning and raising a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. When you bring a pet into your world you become the sole focus of all their enthusiasm, love and attention, so it’s no wonder that your health and wellbeing flourish in so many ways.

Health benefits of the animal-human bond

Its quite commonly known that owning a pet can help contribute to lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and stress levels. Maybe it’s the companionship and the cuddles, the unconditional love that boosts your emotional wellbeing, or the fact that your pet brings you plenty of enjoyment just by hanging out and playing together. 

Companionship

There really is nothing like coming home and being greeted by your favourite four legged friend who is always delighted to see you. Their love for you is unconditional and their enthusiasm can be quite contagious!

And when you’re feeling sick, or even just a little flat, it can be wonderfully comforting to have your cat or dog, who loves you more than anything else in the world, right there beside you.

A loyal friend and best mate, it’s little wonder why then that our pets are regarded by many as “people” and as members of the family.

A more active lifestyle

Having a pet makes you more active and gets you out of the house. Playing with your cat or walking or running with your dog can improve your fitness levels and are great stress and tension relievers. Even just playing around with your pet in your living room or the back yard can make you feel like you’ve had a mini workout.

Dog walking also increases your social interaction. You’ll be amazed how many people you speak to and even become friends with through your dog. And although cats are more independent, they’ll also demand your attention and encourage you to learn and grow as you become friends.

Singles and families

If you’re single or young you might want the chance to add a little more structure to your life and to see what it’s like looking after and taking responsibility for the care of another being.

If you’re a family then this furry creature will bring plenty of joy to your household. And it’s also a great way to teach your kids small acts of responsibility as well, such as feeding and helping to look after their new furry family member.

Things you should know

Medibank Pet Insurance is issued by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd ABN 78 090 584 473, AFSL 241436, is arranged and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 95 075 949 923, AFSL 420183 (PetSure) and is promoted and distributed by PetSure’s Authorised Representative (AR) Medibank Private Limited ABN 47 080 890 259, AR 286089. Terms, conditions, waiting periods and exclusions apply. Any advice provided is general only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to ensure this product meets your needs before purchasing. PDS and Target Market Determination available at medibank.com.au/pet-insurance.

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