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Health Benefits Of Having A Pet

Posted by Eskaton on Sep 21, 2016 7:37:40 AM

health-benefits-pet.jpgWagging tails, belly rubs, and licks galore; there is nothing like the love of a pet. They provide unconditional love and are companions through and through. A pet can enhance your life in so many ways, providing numerous benefits for your health and overall well-being.

Ways Having a Pet Can Benefit Your Health

Provides Mental Stimulation

Pets can be very mentally stimulating. For example, if you own a dog, you may be enticed to read literature pertaining to the breed to learn more about your canine companion. Alternatively, if you own a cat, you may find yourself using your creative juices to figure out stimulating ways to play with your feline friend.

A “Fur” Ever Friend

Pets are a guarantee that you will have someone to share your time with. You will always have a friend come home to, cuddle with, spend quality time with, and create lasting memories with. When you own a pet, you can be sure that you will never be lonely.

May Keep Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Check

If you have high cholesterol levels or your blood pressure is high, owning a pet can help you keep these ailments under control. Dog owners, for example, tend to be more engaged in walking and other physical activities than people who don’t own dogs. The more physically active you are, the lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Pets also have a way of helping you deal positively with stress, which can help keep your blood pressure under control during stressful times.

Gives You Purpose

A pet can add definite purpose to your life. Your pet relies on you for food, shelter, play and affection. The care that a pet requires makes you feel purposeful by helping you focus on something other than yourself. The care you provide, and your pet’s positive response to that care, is definitely gratifying.

Promotes Happiness

With all of that playing, physical activity, cuddling, and affection that your pet will give you, it’s pretty hard not to feel happy! If you’re feeling sad or depressed, a lick from your dog or a purr from your cat will instantly bring a smile to your face and boost your mood.

Unconditional Love

You could be happy, sad, angry, frustrated, and every other feeling in the world, and no matter what, your pet will love you. You will always be greeted with a tail wag, a purr or a lick.

Owning a pet can do wonders for your health, well-being, and state of mind!

Eskaton is pet-friendly. When you move to an Eskaton community, your pet can move along with you!

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