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. 


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

The information provided is general information only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice. Medibank Private does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information, representations or advice contained. To the extent permitted by law, Medibank Private accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by readers of this website as a result of or in connection with the information contained on this website (whether by way of negligence or otherwise).

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* - Medibank Pet Insurance is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ACN 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is promoted by Medibank Private Limited (ACN 080 890 259; AR 286089) (Medibank) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACN 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Medibank acts as an authorised representative of PetSure. Medibank will receive a commission which is a percentage of the premium paid to Hollard and PetSure may receive a portion of the underwriting profit, if any - ask PetSure for more details.

Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, Medibank Pet Insurance. PetSure can be contacted by telephone: 132 331 or by mail: Locked Bag 9021, Castle Hill, NSW 1765.

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