Your pets are undoubtedly lucky to have you, but have you considered how lucky you are to have them? Researchers have found that having furry friends around can improve the whole family’s quality of life. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, include them in the festivities to show them appreciation. Your veterinarian will advise against giving them chocolate, but chances are they'll love some extra cuddles. Here are just a few reasons to thank your pets this Valentine’s Day and every day of the year!
How Pets Contribute to Your Quality of Life
1. Less Stress
Interacting with animals can reduce stress, fear, and anxiety in people of all ages. Something as simple as petting your dog or cat can release hormones that promote relaxation and reduce stress.
2. More Exercise
Taking care of pets can be demanding, but meeting these demands is good for you. Walking dogs will ensure you get in some gentle exercise every day, for example, while playing with rambunctious cats can keep you active.
3. Better Health
Various studies have indicated that people with pets tend to live longer, healthier lives than those without them. Taking care of animals can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent strokes, reduce allergies, and improve immunity. It can also improve your mental health considerably by boosting your mood and keeping loneliness at bay.
To return the favor and ensure your pets have the best life possible, take them to the veterinarian regularly at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital on Oahu. Since 1972, this team of veterinarians has provided quality animal care for all kinds of pets, including dental work, surgery, diagnostic imaging, and alternative medicine. They’re also available after hours for emergencies. To request a veterinarian appointment, fill out the form on their website or call (808) 671-7387.