Without question, the bond you share with your pets is a two-way, judgment-free connection that delivers benefits to both you and to your animal companions. At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we’re here to help nurture the relationship you have with your pets through a lifetime of quality veterinary care, training tips, and plenty of support when you have questions or concerns.
Read on for reasons why the human-animal bond is so special.
Cuddles are the Best Medicine
Not only is it soothing to cuddle up with a kitty or take a long, relaxing walk with a dog, it’s also good for you—psychologically, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the human-animal bond supports a longer, healthier life by:
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Lowering blood pressure and risk of heart disease
- Contributing to fewer allergies in children
- Supporting children with autism
- Helping veterans with PTSD
- Providing opportunities for social interaction
- Combating loneliness and depression
The Love is Real
The benefits of having an animal companion by your side run deep. Here are just some of the ways our pets enrich our lives.
They Boost a Mood
When the going gets tough, our pets are right by our side! The simple act of petting a cat or a dog can boost the brain’s dopamine and serotonin production—two chemicals responsible for promoting positive feelings.
They Keep Us Active
When we exercise more, we stress less, and nothing keeps us moving like a furry little bundle of energy! When we play, feed, walk, or clean up after our pets, we add to our step count without even thinking about it.
They Promote Independence
Therapy pets and service animals make invaluable contributions to their owners’ quality of life. These very special pets help their handlers with activities of daily living; provide mental and emotional support; and help those in recovery heal from traumatic events.
They Help Kids Stay Healthy
Studies have shown that children raised in homes with furry pets, such as dogs and cats, show a reduced risk of allergies and asthma. Plus, children who help out with basic pet care, like feeding, grooming, and playing with pets build self-esteem, empathy, and responsibility.
They Make Us Happy
Pets don’t care about clothing labels or fancy cars. They love us for who we are and provide us with an ongoing source of playful interactions and entertainment. Plus, they bring so much meaning and a profound sense of purpose to everyday life.
Your Pet Benefits as Well
Every time you cuddle, scratch, smooch, and play with your special pet, she feels like she’s appreciated and part of the family. Treat her to a lifetime of quality veterinary care, proper nutrition, and an abundance of TLC every day!
Your friends at Town & Country Animal Hospital truly respect and appreciate the bond you share with your pets. Please contact us if you have questions about your pet’s health.
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