Can Owning a Pet Improve Your Health?

Pets, DogMany people find immense joy in pet ownership and love having an animal companion to care for and love. Pets are great at providing comfort and are usually happy with no more than a few treats and a scratch behind the ear.

In addition to all of the above, the American Psychological Association has also discovered that people with pets report feeling as emotionally attached to their animals as they do to their family and friends.

Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

In recent years, it’s been found that having a pet can boost your health, both physical and mental. Below are just a few of these benefits:

  • Physical Activity – Pets, most notably dogs encourage their people to spend more time outside. Whether you’re taking your dog for a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or throwing a Frisbee in the yard, you’re getting physical activity. In fact, dog owners are over 50% more likely to spend time outdoors every day.
  • Social Opportunities – Spending time outside taking a walk, visiting a park, or going for a run with your pet will open up a world of social opportunities. People are drawn to animals and your pet can provide a great conversation starter and provide something you have in common with another animal lover. For those looking to socialize more, pets can be a great way of opening up lines of communication.
  • Stress Relief – Animals have been shown to help those suffering from stress to lower their levels of anxiety. Service animals have been issued to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, people with high anxiety levels, and even to children suffering from panic disorders or autism. These animals have an amazing ability to calm a troubled mind.
  • Improvement of Emotional Health – Studies have shown that people with pets report feeling more resilient, self-reliant, confident, and capable of forming happy and healthy relationships. Additionally, people with pets are less likely to feel depressed or anxious.

For more tips on keeping yourself healthy or to make an appointment with our orthodontist, please contact Lockett Orthodontics. Our friendly orthodontics office is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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