Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Owning A Pet Can Improve Your Emotional, Physical and Social Well-Being


Many studies have been done on the emotional, physical and social benefits of having a pet. Emotionally, a pet can offer loyalty, a nonjudgmental source of support and be a provider of endless amounts of unconditional love. In a survey, The American Veterinary Medical Association found  that 63.2% of the respondents consider their pets a family members and 35. 8% their “companion”.* Also 97% admitted to regularly talking to their pets**. In addition to the emotional support, pets can have a beneficial physical impact. Petting and/or playing with your pet can lower blood pressure, have a calming effect and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain (creating a more positive feeling). Socially, they can help you become part of a community with other pet owners and offer a topic of conversations in other social situations creating a point of connection.  Owning a pet can improve your emotional, physical and social well-being.

Sources:
*https://www.avma.org/news/javmanews/pages/130201a.aspx
**www.newsweek.com/pets-good-your-health-87191

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