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Pet Therapy: 8 reasons why our pets are good for us

Pet Therapy: 8 reasons why our pets are good for us

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1. Keeping us active

Getting Fido out for his daily walk is also a great chance for us to exercise and get into the great outdoors too. Clock up the steps to reach your daily targets and you can even get your dog in on the action with their very own activity monitor, for example, PitPat, a collar worn tracker for your dog.

2. Health benefits

Studies show owning a pet can lower your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, reduce your chance of heart attack and even make you live longer.

3. That loving feeling

The act of petting an animal produces oxytocin, a bonding hormone which calms and relaxes both pet and human.

4. Making friends

Pets get people to talk to each other, providing a great conversation starter. They encourage us to start activities such as obedience training and agility where both human and animal alike can make new acquaintances.

5. Companionship

Pets are vital companions to many people who live alone, reducing loneliness and helping to provide structure and purpose to the day.

6. Breathe easy

Some research has shown that children introduced to animals at a young age have a lower incidence of asthma and stronger immune systems.

7. Stress reliever

Having a pet can lead to lower cortisol levels, helping us to beat stress and depression, especially useful for children with ADHD or people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

8. Service animals

Guide dogs, seizure alert dogs, hearing dogs, dogs that can sniff out drugs or cancer or blood sugar levels, dogs that can herd animals, the list goes on. Many lives are made infinitely easier every day by our highly trained companions. There are so many service animals working everyday that many people are not aware of for example, here are 10 different service dogsand what they do.

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