I absolutely love to spend time with B, but did you know that time with your pet is actually good for your health? The human/animal bond is truly remarkable and has benefits for both species.
Health Tip #7: Take a Time Out and Indulge in Some Pet Therapy
Petting an animal has a calming effect and gives you an instant boost of happiness. In fact, according to Psychology Today, when a person pets a friendly or familiar animal, their blood pressure lowers, their heart rate slows, their breathing became more regular, and their muscle tension relaxes. All of these effects are signs of reduced stress. In addition, pets can also help with anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
I know a lot about dogs and next to nothing about cats, so you’ll have to excuse my bias in providing recommendations. If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, I suggest that you check out my Pros and Cons of Having a Dog post. Dogs can be quite expensive, but, at least in my opinion, well worth it. Some of B’s favourite toys and gear include:
- Kong (classic, bone, genius, and ball)
- JW Pet Company (rings, darwin, and ball). I shared a picture of B and JP playing with rings from JW Pet Company in the past and they are still going strong!
- West Paw (ball, tux, and bone)
- Bionic (floating bone and treat dispenser)
- A winter coat from RC Pet Products
- Winter boots from Muttlucks
- A travel water dish
- Many, many poop bags
Tell me all about your pet(s) in the comments below!