4 Ways a Pet Can Help Reduce Stress

Sep 14, 2018 by

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If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know that surprise accidents, barks that wake you from your slumbers, and constantly dirty litter boxes can be true frustrations.

But there’s good news: The frustration is all worth it.

Why? Because our pets reduce stress. They make us happier. And they may even help us live longer. Read on to learn more.
 

4 Ways Pets Reduce Stress

 

1. Pets reduce loneliness.

 
For those who live alone, pets provide much-needed companionship. They also encourage interactions with others — when you take your dog for a walk, for example, you’ll likely make some friends who’d like to pet your pup and will strike up conversation.
 

2. Pets reduce blood pressure.

 
You’ve probably heard of pet shelters or humane societies bringing puppies to hospitals, nursing homes, or college campuses during exams. In all of these situations, studies have shown that simply petting dogs or cats can actually lower your blood pressure.
 

3. Pets help us get more exercise.

 
When we take our dogs for a walk or play with our cats and their toys, we’re moving — and that’s great exercise. Even if it’s just five minutes a day, it’s more than non-pet owners are getting, and it all adds up.
 

4. Pets help us stay present and mindful.

 
Unlike humans, pets do not dwell on the past or worry about the future. They stay present, and we notice. For this reason, when we spend time with them, we’re better able to stay present and mindful ourselves.
 

Have a New Pet in Your Life? Schedule a Checkup!

 
Even if your pet has been with you for some time, scheduling an annual checkup for all animals is important. Sunset Veterinary Clinic offers a full range of veterinary services, including healthy pet checkups, dental services, illness and injury care, boarding, and more.

We look forward to providing you and your pet with excellent care. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your pet!

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