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Love Your Pet Day

Today is “Love Your Pet Day” and we’re celebrating here at WWHF. Fuzzy, furry creatures are commonplace around the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. Are you pet-friendly?pets collage

Many of us know the companionship our furry friends can provide, but pet’s other health benefits are often overlooked. Pets can affect your mood, health and lifestyle.

According to HelpGuide.org, a non-profit resource to help resolve health challenges, health benefits to pet owners can include:

  • Less likelihood to suffer from depression
  • Lower blood pressure in stressful situations
  • Elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax
  • Lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease)

In addition to direct health benefits, pets can help you attain a healthier lifestyle!

  • Increasing exercise. Take your dog (or your neighbor’s) for a walk, go horseback riding, or chase a kitten around the house to fit daily exercise into your busy schedule.
  • Providing companionship. Pets need your care and love, and often times we need theirs. Take the time to talk to your pet and use them to work through your troubles.
  • Helping meet new people. Whether it be in a dog park, pet store, or training classes, pets can be a great ice-breaker when meeting new people.
  • Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets, especially dogs, require regular feeding and exercise. No matter your mood you’ll always have to maintain a routine to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.

We know pets can be a big responsibility, financially and emotionally, but don’t fret! A pet doesn’t have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.

So take the time today to give your pets an extra pat to show how much they mean to you!

 

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