Do you have a pet? This is the week to celebrate them! National Pet Week 2020 in Canada falls on May 3-9. Having a pet can be so fulfilling. Especially now with the stay at home and physical distancing measures happening worldwide, a furry friend during this time can be a complete mood-booster. But did you know there are actual health benefits to having a pet? Here are three reasons why having a pet is good for your health.
- Even just reaching out and petting an animal can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase levels of serotonin to boost your mood. This lowers both your heart rate and blood pressure, and will leave you feeling less stressed. You may even experience a more positive mood just by being around a friendly animal! For more tips on managing stress, click here for our blog on meditation.
- The presence of a pet can help to reduce anxiety and prevent feeling isolated. Pets are always there when you need them, with no judgement and only love. They provide excellent company, no matter if you have a dog, cat, hamster or goldfish!
- Having pets can help you exercise more – and you won’t even notice it! Dogs need two to three walks per day which forces you to get outside to keep them healthy. Many cats also enjoy going outside if you can train them on a leash. Taking your pet outside can also lead to social interaction, as people are more likely to say hi if you’re with a furry friend that they want to meet!
For more information, check out https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-having-a-pet-of-any-kind-may-boost-your-mood-and-keep-your-brain-healthy/