Statistics say that there is an increase in the number of families opting for pets. But, is it good or bad to keep pets?
Studies have shown that keeping pets at home has several benefits. Pets are a great way to improve your mood and temperament. Research has shown that people who suffer from various diseases have lesser chances of depression if they keep pets.
Pets give you unconditional love and are always faithful. Pets are known to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Several studies have revealed that people who tend to spend their time with pets are more likely to live longer than people who don't.
Health experts say that dog owners have less blood pressure and heart rates. Dogs can be great companions and will happily go out for walks, at times even urging you for a walk, thereby keeping you active and fit. Other activities related to pets like feeding, bathing, playing and cleaning are also good ways to exercise.
Caring for animals and pets offers a tremendous learning experience for children. It can teach them responsibility, gentleness, and respect for nature and other living beings. Like adults, children can benefit from the companionship, affection, and relationships they share with their pets. No burglar alarm can be better than a dog at home!

On the other hand, it is expensive to take good care of a pet through its life. Like people, pets also carry certain bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that can cause illness if they are transmitted to humans. Humans get these animal-borne diseases when they are bitten or scratched or have contact with an animal's waste or saliva. These diseases can affect humans in a wide variety of ways. They are of greatest concern to young children, infants, and pregnant women. Dog/ cat fur also cause allergies to some people.
Some animal activists argue that pets suffer too much at our hands. Theoretically, we may be able to provide good homes for our pets, and many of us do. However, in the real world, animals suffer abandonment, cruelty, and neglect.
Another argument is that, because they are bred to be dependent on us, the basic relationship between humans and pets is flawed. This relationship forces animals to love their owners in order to get affection and food. Animals live restricted lives in human homes where they must obey commands and can only eat and drink when humans allow them to do so.