This Valentine’s Day, veterinarians recommend you take the time to show your furry friend your appreciation. Pets are always there for you, so they deserve some extra love. Plus, they provide many benefits beyond loyalty—they’re supporting a healthier lifestyle for you every day.
How Your Pet Benefits Your Health & Lifestyle
1. Keeps You Active
Pets need exercise to stay happy and healthy, so your veterinarian will recommend you engage in 10-minute play sessions with your cat and walk your dog once or twice daily. This gives you and your pet a nice workout. Pets help you maintain an active lifestyle, resulting in healthier habits.
2. Improves Heart Health
According to the CDC, pet owners demonstrate lower blood pressure, decreased cholesterol levels, and lower triglyceride levels. All of these factors lead to a decreased risk of heart problems later on in life. For those who currently experience heart issues, pets can also improve recovery rates.
3. Provides Companionship
Whether you’re single or in a loving relationship, the companionship of a pet is unlike anything else. Cats and dogs offer unconditional love to reduce feelings of isolation, which is especially helpful for those who experience loneliness on Valentine’s Day.
4. Eases Stress Levels
Petting cats and dogs not only feels comforting, but also boosts production of oxytocin, the hormone that promotes love, bonding, and relaxation. It reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well. Studies across the board show the benefits of pets on patients with mental stress.
5. Helps You Socialize
Having a pet opens up a variety of opportunities to socialize. People are more likely to go up and talk to someone walking a dog, or even a cat. Plus, while caring for your pet, you can connect with veterinarians, groomers, pet store staff members, and fellow animal lovers.
Give your cat or dog the love and attention they need with care from Wahiawa Pet Hospital. Serving pets across Oahu, this veterinary hospital provides comprehensive health services like spaying and neutering, preventative care, surgical procedures, and dental work. Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian today by calling (808) 621-7000. To find out more about their services, visit their website.