VSSF

Pets and Stress Relief

VSSF Admin - Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Stress is a part of daily life; most people have found a proactive way to deal with or even work under the pressure. For those who own pets, you may not even realize that being in the company of your furry friend is a massive stress relief.

A pet’s playful and loving nature immediately lifts your spirits and their constant need for your attention and unconditional love has a positive effect on a pet owner’s confidence, making them feel important, loved, needed, and most importantly, relaxed. Therefore, it is not a surprise that many therapists tend to keep tiny animals (such as hamsters) in their office because they put children (as well as adults) at ease in an otherwise anxiety prone environment.

Dog owners realize the importance of taking their pet out for a walk, making it a part of their own daily routine. This custom acts as a stress reliever because exercise releases endorphins, our body’s ‘feel good hormone’, which gives us the boost we desperately need, subsequently decreasing ‘stress hormones’ such as cortisol.

While people provide good social support, pets act as a great icebreaker for meeting new people. There is a reason why a majority of romance movies follow the same cliché of having the protagonists meet for the first time in a park where one (or both) is walking a dog. The basic premise behind this is that we appear  more approachable because instead of the daunting task of having to converse with somebody you are meeting for the first time, you can talk to (and through) the furry animal with the loving eyes. Increasing our network of friends also has great stress relief benefits in the long run.

Talk to your vet today about how you can include your pet in daily activities, allowing you to manage your stress even better. Pets are loyal by nature, and most can sense your emotions in times of suffering and pain. Let them take care of you in their own loving ways. 



Recent Posts


Tags

gifts christmas benign dead mice communication new years eve slobber woofstock spring medication endorphins pet ticks stray cat stress relief cats heartworm disease allergy newborn dog, dogs, training, smart, intelligent, intelligence, puppy, smartest, breed bee relaxation dental hygiene intelligence animals separation anxiety canine heartworm disease pill breed obsession summer teeth vet overheating dogs shoes outdoors obesity sports pet sitter scratching afraid of stairs climbing the stairs myths about cats x-rays grass kids fostering a pet driving overweight hypersalivation wedding dog chewing brushing plants stray marriage pollen vets bumps second dog doorstep attack dog beach independent new puppy dogs summer caring for pet after surgery airplane love sting adopt air travel service dog events dog bites missing dog aging pets dehydration baby post-surgery summer safety tips dog summer safety diet indoor cats Funny travel pet gifts presents lumps life expectancy outdoor cats vehicles vacation bite old cats urban relieve stress summer pets allergies cancer anxiety puppy furniture pets attention plaque taking pictures safety medical drool lost pet dog tuxedo purr bed blood test city moving veterinarians tricks death gift positive angry pets as stress relievers black cat companion intelligent lost deaf chew doggy daycare daycare chocolate dental chews holidays smart health benefits litter box microchip kidney dog bee sting entertainment healing exercise radiology virus dog park sleep heat stroke dog names shedding wagging tail apartment table food poisonous vaccinations stress management pet lover fleas sleeping begging steps walking lyme diesease stairs kitchen, counters, countertop, kitchen counter cone training water additivies toothbrush declaw hazards foster technology soap yarn smartest surgery photography sun protection swimming stolen halloween cat socialization bath

Archive

Our General Practice
Animal Medical Center at Cooper City