Do you want to get into good shape and get rid of your stress? Go get yourself a pet!  Here’s how having a pet at home can help improve your health and keep you in good spirits:

  • Busts Stress:  Stroking your cat or dog can release stress-busting hormones that relaxs you.
  • Fun Exercise:  Taking your pet for a walk or playing with your pet is an enjoyable activity that can keep your weight in check and bring down your blood pressure and sugar levels.
  • Unconditional Love: Your pet can provide you with unconditional love and is always there to greet you with joy, which can enhance your mood and fight of feelings of loneliness and depression.
  • Helps Autism: Autistic children find it easier to relate to animal rather than people so having a pet at home can be very helpful.

Additional Reading:

The Health Benefits of Companion Animals

Animal-assisted therapy at an outpatient pain management clinic

Creating a Therapeutic and Healing Environment with a Pet Therapy program

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