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Why Pet Owners Retain Better Mental Health

Why adopt a pet? Because they make you smile!
Besides the obvious, constantly caring for a pet changes your lifestyle, creating better habits.

Do You Have A Family Pet?!

The bond between humans and animals is and has been celebrated for centuries, and today, the Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has become more and more prominent!

Around 66% of all Americans have a pet, with 65.1 million of them being dogs! Who doesn’t’ love a loyal pooch?

Why Do People Own Pets?

Firstly, pets offer companionship and loyalty, providing emotional support and reducing feelings of loneliness and depression. This is so meaningful, especially among children and seniors who may crave connection.

Studies show that interacting with pets can lower stress and anxiety, elevate mood, and even boost the immune system. Moreover, interacting with animals has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress.

We adopt pets to feel happy! The presence of animals can trigger the release of oxytocin and serotonin, neurotransmitters associated with mood regulation, which in turn, make us smile!

Animals provide a non-judgmental and comforting presence, facilitating social interaction. With increasing anxiety and ruthless criticism all over the internet and social media, animals help to relieve social anxiety.

By walking dogs or engaging in play, pets encourage our physical movement, which also makes us happier. By being outdoors for physical activity, you definitely strengthen your overall mentality.

On average, owners burn around 204 calories from taking their dog on a walk, which amounts to 74,460 for the year!

Organization & Mental Health

Ultimately, when you constantly care for a pet, you live a more organized lifestyle, which is proven to alleviate mental health issues! Firstly, pets require a consistent routine for feeding, walks, and playtime. This prompts you to schedule your activities around your pet’s needs.

In turn, this structured approach can spill over into other areas of your life, possibly encouraging you to plan your meals, work hours, etc. Additionally, pet owners often find themselves creating designated spaces for pet supplies, food bowls, and toys. This promotes a tidier environment with minimized clutter.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Obviously everyone has a pet because they are cute, or they teach kids responsibilities.

But, what people don’t know, is that there are underlying mental health benefits that alleviate stress during dark times.

Are you a dog or a cat person?

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