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Pet owners believe that their lives are enriched by owning a pet, but did you know even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that having a pet is good for you? Pet ownership and companionship can prevent you from feeling lonely, give you more opportunities for socialization, and give you a sense of love and pride from taking such good care of your pet. In fact, just petting your dog or cat can immediately lower your stress level!
Pets have been proven to lower anxiety and depression, especially for people who are prone to these mental health conditions or who have suffered through a traumatic event. One reason for this is that the presence of a pet changes a person’s focus from his or her inward thoughts to taking care of a dependent animal.
Sharing your life and home with a dog, cat, or other four-legged or feathered friend offers many important physical health benefits as well. According to the CDC, some of these include reduced blood pressure, reduced triglyceride level, and reduced cholesterol. Additionally, owning a dog provides opportunities for you to get out of the house and exercise by taking your dog for a walk. Even playing with your cat can give you some much-needed physical activity.
Before You Make the Commitment
As wonderful as these benefits are, make sure that you’re ready for the responsibilities of pet ownership if you’re thinking about bringing a new animal into your home. For example, consider whether you have the time, patience, and energy to housetrain a new puppy or deal with the behavioral issues of a cat who suffered neglect in his last home. It’s important to understand that bringing a pet home is a lifetime commitment that can be as long as 20 years.
Turner Veterinary Clinic also recommends that you spend time researching the health, nutrition, behavior, and exercise needs of the specific breed of pet you want to adopt. The better prepared you are at the beginning, the more likely it is you will experience all of the physical and emotional benefits of having a pet in your home. Plus, your preparation will help ease your new incoming new family member’s transition, too!
How to Help Your Pet Remain Mentally Sharp
Pets age much more quickly than humans do. In fact, dogs age the equivalent of 15 years for the first year and varying years, depending on size, for every year after that. That means you will be dealing with middle-aged and senior health issues in years, not decades. Fortunately, you can do several things to help your dog, cat, or other pet keep a sharp mind well into her senior years.
Food puzzles and toys that require your pet to problem-solve before receiving a treat are both a great option. Setting aside time each day for exercise and personal interaction with your pet is important as well. If you really want to see your pet think, hide a toy somewhere in the house and tell him to go find it. Placing a treat in or near the toy will emit a smell that allows your pet to follow his nose.
We offer several toys for mental stimulation in our online store. Our veterinarians are also happy to answer your questions and offer suggestions for other activities you can do with your pet to increase mental stimulation. Additionally, with regular exams, we’ll be able to help you on this journey and address pet health concerns at their most treatable stages. Call us at 269-962-9955 to make your pet’s appointment.
“Healthy Pets, Healthy People.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 Feb. 2018, www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html.
“How to Figure Out Your Dog's Age.” WebMD, WebMD, pets.webmd.com/dogs/how-to-calculate-your-dogs-age.
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It crosses every pet owner’s mind: “Is my pet in pain?” And this question comes up more and more as our pets get older. One of the most difficult things about being a pet owner is that our pets cannot verbalize how they’re feeling. This leads us to wonder if our dogs and cats are living their best lives. The last thing you want is your pet struggling with chronic or acute pain, after all. And while your pet will likely never learn to speak human, they often send more subtle signs that they’re in pain. Here are 3 of the most common signs that your pet is in pain:
As you’re shopping for the holiday season, you may ask yourself, “What’s the best gift I can give my pet?” While pet sweaters are cute and can make for adorable holiday cards, we believe the best present a pet parent can gift their pet is a healthy, happy life. When you invest in your pet’s wellbeing, you’re giving the most heartfelt gift a pet could ask for (if they knew how to speak). As a pet parent, you are your pet’s advocate for a better life. You’re like Santa but better--you have the opportunity to make your pet merrier every day of the year.
The dog days of summer are here. For many, this season comes with endless possibilities for having fun with your pets, like picnics, nature walks, and swimming pools. After being stuck at home for so long due to COVID-19, we bet you’re looking to break up the boredom with some outdoor adventures.
March is Pet Poison Prevention Month. Many pet parents are surprised by the number of seemingly harmless items around the house that can cause serious injury or death for cats and dogs. To help you march through this spring and into the rest of the year with a safer home for your animal companions, here are the most common and dangerous household poisons to keep away from your pets.
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? We love that this month is devoted to your canine’s canines, your kitty’s chompers, and your pet’s pearly whites. While your companion’s mouth may be a source of kisses and smiles, pet parents may overlook how much their pet’s dental health affects their overall well-being.