The benefits of dogs for mental health and wellbeing
We all love our pawsome pets and think of them as members of our family – a whopping 95% of pet owners surveyed agreed that this is the case! But did you know that spending time with animals has proven benefits for your mental health and wellbeing?
Animals offer amazing companionship and unconditional love, get us out of the house and even help us to make great new friends (of both the human and animal variety!) In fact, 60% of pet owners said that their pets played the most central role – alongside friends and family – in helping them to manage their mental health and stay happy. It seems that pets are often there for us when very few others are!
If you’ve ever borrowed a dog from BorrowMyDoggy, you know you don’t have to actually own a pet to enjoy these incredible boosts to wellbeing and happiness. Walking a dog and getting out into the sunshine will elevate your mood, lower blood pressure and increase your levels of vitamin D.
If you ever struggle with mental health problems like depression, regular exercise with a dog can be as effective as taking antidepressants for treating mild to moderate cases. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year, it’s clear that we could all benefit from spending a bit more time with our four-legged friends.
If you’d like to learn more about all the ways that pets can boost happiness and wellbeing, take a look at this infographic created by Animal Health Company!