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NEWSLETTER March 2018 HEALTHBENEFITSOF PET OWNERSHIP Companionship Might Relieve Your Stress!

From the emotional and social impact of their presence to the physical and mental benefits, having Fido the dog or Garfield the cat around the house might just be the boost you didn’t even know you needed. Fitness. Pets need regular activity and, if a dog becomes your pet of choice, you’ll also be signing up for brisk daily walks to help your furry friend keep in shape. In turn, you’ll also feel the benefit of regular, low-impact exer- cise. Companionship. The sheer presence of a pet in the home can boost your mood, especially after a hectic day at the office or even fol- lowing a difficult conversation. The stresses of life can melt away as soon as you walk

through the front door and see your beloved pet, desperate for your affection. Said animal will also be your go-to companion of choice to watch a movie with or cuddle up to read a book with on a cold winter’s day. What’s bet- ter than a furry hot water bottle who listens to every word you say and doesn’t answer back? Mental health. Not only do pets provide com- panionship and help improve your physical health, they can also provide therapeutic and emotional benefits. According to Ingrid Col- lins, a consultant psychologist at the London Medical Centre, “A pet is better than Prozac. Animals have a completely different agenda to humans, and bring things back to basics. They want comfort, feeding and love. In re- turn, they give huge affection.”

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