Benefits of Having a Pet at Home

Having a pet is one of the experiences that every child remembers as an adult. Animals teach great lessons to children, in addition to filling them with an unconditional love that is hard to find.
Benefits of Having a Pet at Home
Leidy Mora Molina

Written and verified by the nurse Leidy Mora Molina.

Last update: 18 May, 2022

Having a pet at home is very useful for the development of children, the bond that is created between the family and the pet promotes love and responsibility. Also, they constitute a safety factor and are great company for all members of the family.

What are the benefits of having a pet at home?

1. Teach children about responsibility

Keep in mind that having a pet involves time and responsibility , as it practically becomes a member of the family. The responsibility for their care and nutrition can not fall entirely on either the parents or the children.
Therefore, parents should teach children everything related to the care of the pet. For example, when going to bathe the pet, parents should do so with the help of their children so that they can observe and realize how delicate the care should be that is provided.
The goal of this, is that children can do it in the future, without the help of parents. Likewise, children can be entrusted with simple tasks such as feeding. However, parents should remind them or ask if the pet was already fed.
This should be done until the day comes when they themselves remember to feed the pet at the required times.
Also read: This Hospital Allows Pets to Visit Patients 

2. They make children acquire new knowledge and learning

English Bulldog and cat

Depending on the pet that the family has, children will gain knowledge about the animal. For example, if they have a pet turtle, they will learn about what types of turtles exist, what they feed on, what their natural habitat is, how long they live and how their reproduction is.
By growing up with a pet, children can learn that animals also suffer from illness, feel cold and hunger, as well as humans. In addition, they can learn the different stages of evolution (birth, reproduction and death).

3. They contribute to the health of children

Growing up with dogs, cats or animals that have hair, children can generate an immune response against the pathogens that cause allergies and asthma . The presence of pets helps lower blood pressure and promotes good heart health.  
Animals make our lives healthier. This is because when we caress them, our body begins to secrete endorphins, neurotransmitters that reduce stress, anxiety and sadness.

4. They contribute to the good emotional development of children

Family Hugging and Petting a Golden Retreiver

The company that the pet gives to children makes them have a good attitude and self-esteem, improves their self-confidence and makes them feel more secure. With a pet, children learn to be empathic, being able to recognize if their animal is happy, tired, sad or calm.
They also learn the importance of respecting others, caring, caressing and sharing. In addition, children are able to create fantasies where their pet is the essential part of the story, which makes them happy. Additionally, this stimulates their creativity.
See also: Why Pets Are So Good For Our Health

5. Comfort children

Sometimes, we want to be silent and drain all our sorrows. In those moments, pets usually comfort us by granting their unconditional love and their company in silence. When we feel alone, pets are a great support. Their company and support gives us the strength to face isolation and loneliness.

6. Help all members of the family to be in shape

Family portrait with a golden retreiver

If the family has decided to adopt an animal that likes to be in motion, such as a dog, it will help everyone to be in shape because they will have to play with it, take it for a walk and run everywhere.

7. Help strengthen the family bond

When the pet is included in the activities carried out by the family, this becomes the main attraction. This gives rise to special moments and, therefore, to beautiful family memories with the animal, at that time, the most special of all.

Pets best suited for families

Cat and dog

Having a pet is a very important decision, which can not be taken lightly. When choosing a pet, it is necessary to take into account: the time that is available to give them, the character of the animal and, depending on the age of the children, how appropriate it can be for their development and coexistence at home.
The most common types of pets are:
  • Dogs. The most recommended breeds are: beagle, boxer, collie, saint bernard, poodle, schnauzer, among others.
  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Turtles
  • Fishes
  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters


If you choose a dog as a pet, keep in mind that each time you get home, there will be a loving being waiting for you with great joy and happiness. However, no matter which pet you choose, it will give you an unforgettable experience. They will love you so much, that they will become another member of the family.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.