Many are unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Pets have evolved to become acutely accustomed to humans and our behaviour and emotions. Pets, especially dogs and cats reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness and even improve your cardiovascular health. Pets provide valuable companionship for other adults. A pet can add joy and unconditional love to your life.

Pet parents are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. They are also likely to have lower blood pressure in stressful situations. Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which helps hoomans to keep calm and relax.

Dogs are able to understand many of the words we use, but they’re even better at interpreting our voice, body language and gestures. Like any good hooman friend, a loyal pup will look into your eyes to understand contemplate your emotional state and try to understand what you’re thinking or feeling. Having a doggie as a pet can improve your heart’s health and will also result in a long life. Tove Fall, professor at Uppasala University, Sweden nsays, “Keeping a dog is also good motivation for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and mental health.”  

Five Ways Doggies Can Halp Your Mental Health.

They force to leave our bed.
Doggies are great at encouraging people to get out and exercise in the fresh air. Not sure if we hoomans take their pups for a walk or pups take their hoomans for a walk but a lovely walk with your pup can also lead to socialising with other pet parents or animal loving hoomans.

They’ll be there for you.
Sharing a space with a dog can give owners a sense of security. Affectionate and loving doggies make the perfect companion especially for those living alone or the elderly. They make us feel loved and needed everyday and we hoomans thrive.

They keep you calm.
The companionship of a pup can add comfort for those who suffer with anxiety. Not only walks with your doggie is a motivation for those who are anxious about leaving the house, but naturally they can also help get your mind off stressful thoughts. Research shows, simply being with a pet can lower the levels of stress hormones.

They build a routine.
Having a routine can be a great structure for anyone suffering with depression or anxiety. Dogs need regular feeding, exercising and care, all the requirements that contribute to the forming of a set routine.

They make us proud
A lot of effort goes into looking after and keeping a doggie healthy and happy. Every trick they learn, every ball they fetch, every time they listen to us makes us feel proud at our hard work and improves our self-esteem.

Pet parents have found to have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels and also increased survival of heart patients, longer than those without pets. Even the criminals in prison show long term changes in their behaviour after interacting with pets.

The companionship of a pet does not only ease loneliness, most dogs are great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and quantifiably reduce depression. A doggie each day, keeps mental health problems away.