5 ways pets help us
1. Pets get you outside and keep you active
Having a dog almost always means you will be taking a walk outside daily and getting fresh air and vitamin D. And if you have outdoor cats, playing with them out in the yard can encourage outdoor time for you as well.
2. Pets provide companionship and unconditional love
This is especially important to pet owners who might live alone or be grieving the loss of a loved one.
3. Pets make you responsible
When you care for an animal, it can help you feel needed as they look to you for care, love, and companionship.
4. Pets reduce stress and help promote touch
The act of repetitively petting your animal can help calm nerves, distract you from the problems of the day, and help you feel connected to something else.
5. Pets (especially dogs) can reduce isolation
Most dog owners will tell you that as soon as they walk through the door, their faithful companion is ready and waiting to head outside. Dog parks, walking trails, and neighbourhoods enable owners to walk their dog and connect with other people .