Get Healthier by Adopting a Pet
Did you know getting a furry friend might help you stay healthy? Whether you have a dog, cat, fish or even a snake, having a pet provides you with companionship, which can add to your quality of life and help improve your overall well-being.
Right now, social distancing recommendations have many of us spending a lot more time within our own homes. And if reduced interaction with family, friends and coworkers is making you blue, adopting or fostering an animal just might be the pick-me-up you need to add some comfort to your days.
Being a pet owner is rewarding, but did you know your pet may even offer you health benefits? Having a pet can help:
- Build your immune system. Studies have shown people exposed to pets are less likely to develop common allergies. Unless you’re directly allergic to your animal, they may help you battle the seasonal sniffles.
- Reduce stress. When you spend time with your pet, your levels of oxytocin increase. Oxytocin is a hormone that when released can make you feel less stressed. You can de-stress by cuddling, walking or playing with your pet!
- Stay active. Walking and playing with your pet will not only gets them some exercise—it helps you get more active, as well. Going on a little outdoor adventure to a local park or hiking trail, or spending some quality time together, can also strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
- Put a smile on your face. Pets antics can help cheer you up when you’re feeling down. Plus, research shows that dogs in particular develop social skills by observing your facial expression and body language. So when you smile, it not only makes you happier, it makes them happy, too!
Celebrate National Pet Day April 11, and National Pet Month all May!
Did you know there’s a day and an entire month devoted just to pets? We celebrate to show the benefits pets bring to everyone’s lives. National Pet Day and National Pet Month encourage pet lovers everywhere to spend time with their beloveds, whether it’s spoiling them with an extra special treat, giving them some extra belly rubs or taking them for an extra long walk. You can also celebrate by helping out your local animal shelters and rescues by donating food, blankets, toys, money or even adopting a pet in need! Remember that taking care of a pet is a big responsibility—but it’s worth it!
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This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice.