When you're having a rough day and feel like the world is against you, it's comforting to know that someone is home waiting for you with unconditional love. Your pet can provide you with that happiness, but your dog or cat does require some care.
Responsible pet owners play the part of parent for their animals and must do a few things. First, owners must create a comfortable environment for the animal; checking for potential hazards; creating a relaxing area for bedding and providing adequate nutrition. Like human parents, owners must also care for the animal when it gets sick and visit veterinarians to prevent illness or injury. A final step is to teach basic obedience, and even more advanced skills, to produce a calmer, more sociable pet.
In return for this care, your pet will reward you with many benefits. Studies show that pet owners report improved physical and mental health, with decreased stress levels and lower blood pressure than non-owners.