The Perks of Pets
By Alex Balkovatz
Are Pets Beneficial For Me and My Family?
Sure puppies and kittens are cute, but are they worth all of the time and money we spend on them? Research shows that in most cases they are! Pets are very beneficial to all people, but especially kids! In fact, “Scientists have noted that petting or interacting with dogs or other animals can increase a person's level of oxytocin, a chemical sometimes referred to as the "love hormone," thought to cause a sense of calm and reduced anxiety" (InfoBase). The relationship built between pets and kids is extremely valuable. Trust, responsibility, and compassion are all traits that will grow and flourish when kids grow up around pets.