Benefits of Pet Ownership

Boost Your Mood – Learn All About the Mental Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

They’re cute. They’re cuddly and covered in fur. Did you know our furry friends are also amazing for mood and mental health? May is mental health awareness month, and so there’s no better time than now to talk about the mental health benefits of pets. That’s right. Whether you love cats, dogs, birds, or even lizards caring for and bonding with animals can keep your mind and mood in top shape.

How Pet Ownership Is Good for Mental Health (5 Benefits)

1. Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Studies show that pet ownership can relieve depression, stress, and anxiety and increase feelings of calm and happiness.

2. Combat Loneliness

Having an animal companion will ease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Pets form true bonds with their owners. They provide great company and a sense of security.

3. Be Social

Owning a pet can help you meet new people and make friends. Social interaction is essential to combating loneliness and isolation and keeping low moods away. Taking your dog (or cat) for a walk is the perfect way to strike up conversations with other people. Take a route through a busy sidewalk, walk a river trail, or head to the dog park. Whether passersby simply want to scratch your dog’s adorable scruff or are curious about your pet’s breed, you’ll find that other humans become more friendly and open to an individual who is caring for a pet.

4. Enjoy Endorphins

When you get exercise while walking your dog or even while petting a cat or puppy, your body releases endorphins that ease anxiety, physical symptoms of stress, and make you feel happy.

5. Be Purposeful

Owning a pet will give add purpose and meaning to your life. You’ll have a fuzzy friend who depends on you for food, care, exercise, entertainment, and affection. When keeping another living being happy and healthy, you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.
The Type of Pet for You

Find Out What Type of Pet Is Right for You

If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, dog, or another animal, we recommend doing some research first. Be sure you fully understand your new pet’s needs before adopting to make sure you choose the right species and breed for your lifestyle. For more information, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic in Houston. We can help you choose a pet, find an animal shelter, companion animal trainer, or a responsible breeder.