In times of uncertainty, you want to be around those that you love. And for many that may include your furry family members. Humans and pets alike can find comfort in companionship with one another. In fact, the benefits of having pets may impact you more than you may know. To learn more about these benefits, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about the benefits of having pets and the importance of the human-pet bond.
The benefits of having pets: they may help your overall well-being
It’s no surprise that when you see a puppy or a kitten you smile. Pets have the ability to bring us happiness just by being themselves. Also, pets may help with your physical health. According to the CDC, “pets can help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.”
Alternatively, there is a connection between your physical health and mental health. In times of stress, it may be helpful to move and stretch your legs with your furry friend.
“In this time where you have to self-isolate, pets can help provide companionship and ease loneliness. Also, creating a routine can help provide a sense of normalcy and control when you may not be able to achieve that right now. Having a pet may provide stress relief for pet owners.”
In essence, you’re not alone when you have a pet by your side. They support and love unconditionally. If you don’t have a pet, consider becoming a foster to a dog or cat. Fostering allows you to care and bond with an animal, while also helping your local animal shelter.
Wilde breaks down the impact of the relationship and the lasting effects it can have on anyone.
pet interaction may reduce anxiety and depression. Also, interaction with your
pets can help ease or distract from stressful thoughts or anxiety. Playing with
pets may help provide activity and mental stimulation for both the pet and pet
The benefits of having pets may help you every day
As you start to navigate this new normal, just know that you’re not alone. Your pets are happy you’re home more often and are ready to keep you company. There is nothing like the love and support of your pets, and the benefit of their friendship is limitless.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.