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Not everyone should own pets

Friday, November 5, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

family-dog-catToday, I’m discussing people who should never own a pet. First of all, there are a lot of people who will get a pet because their child wants one or because they see a cute little puppy in the pet store.  These are not the only reasons to run out and get a pet. Owning a pet is like taking care of a child. They are members of our household and will be with us for a very long time. They need training, care,exercise and lots and lots of love. If you are the type of person who is always traveling, spends lots of time at work or out after work, then I would not recommend owning a pet, not even a cat.  Even though cats are more independent than dogs, they get also get lonely.

I’ve seen people leave their pet unattended outdoors, or go away weekends leaving the dog in a crate in the garage with no food or water. This is just plain cruel. I even know of someone who went off to Boston for the weekend and left her poor dog in a sweltering apartment during the summer. NO, these people should never own a pet.  When considering a pet, think of the animal rather then yourself. One thing that bothers me the most is to hear of or see a pet abused.

In addition to their unconditional love, pets provide us with so much more. They help us help us relax, reduce stress and blood pressure.

Pets may help us survive after a major illness like a heart attack.
Two studies have shown that owning a dog had a significant effect on survival after a heart attack. Patients who had been hospitalized for heart surgery or a heart attack were followed for one year. The researchers found that patients who were alive one year after leaving the hospital, were more likely to own a pet.

Pets provide us with exercise and play time. They are non judgmental and will play on demand. Get that favorite dog toy out anytime and your good to go!

Pets could be our silent therapists. We can unload our fears, problems and concerns on them without worrying about being judged. If my two cats Mollie and Millie could talk, they would probably give you an earful.

As you could see, pets are so much more than “things” used for our own amusement. Think twice before deciding to get a pet.  Are you willing to take the step?

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