The Many Ways Pets Improve Our Kids' Lives

Posted by Emily Parker
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This is a guest post written for Wide Open Pets by Emily Parker from

If there's one thing we as parents want, it's being able to raise kids who are healthy and happy.

However, in today's world, that can sometimes feel like a difficult task. But if you're a pet parent as well, the good news is that your pet can actually play an important role in making the lives of your kids better and better. As scientists delve more and more into this topic, the results have been incredible.

For example, pets can be instrumental in boosting the immune systems of children. In recent studies, kids who had a dog in their household during their first year were found to have 44 percent fewer ear infections and 31 percent fewer respiratory tract infections. And in a related area, having pets will also get kids to be more active physically, which is a very important topic today. Whether they take the dog for a walk or decide to help their kitty chase a ball around the room, getting some extra exercise is always a good thing for our kids.

In addition to keeping kids healthy and active, our pets can even make them smarter. Studies have shown that people who own or have owned cats tend to have more university degrees than non-cat owners, and having cats or other pets will actually help kids learn more by spending time researching information about their pets. In addition to all this, your kids may even decide to learn new skills to help document their pet's life, such as taking up photography or writing stories about their favorite companion.

If all this sounds intriguing to you, the good news is that there is much more information available about how pets can make the lives of our kids better than ever. If you're interested in learning more about the role our pets play in improving our kids' lives, visit to find out more. By doing so, you and your kids will have even more reasons to get a first pet, perhaps bringing a new four-legged friend into the family.

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