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How a Pet Could Benefit Your Health

By Rachel Shouse

Pets are a big responsibility. If you have children, you've probably had that conversation with your kids. Don't let the responsibility stop you from getting a pet though. Yes, they need veterinarian care. Yes, they need attention, love, etc. If you feel that you're capable of providing for a pet though, there's no medical reason not to. That being said, there are things you should take into consideration. To start, think about how certain pets can help with certain problems and/or situations. It's also important to consider health conditions before getting a pet. Lastly, establish a routine for you and your new addition. 

Which Pet is Best

There are a lot of different things to consider when adding a pet to the family. It's important to think about what you're looking to get out of pet ownership. Do you want a pet because it would motivate you to exercise? Are you lonely and needing some companionship? Both of these questions lead to different animals.

Dogs, big and small, are great for those who need a little motivation to get into an exercise routine. Small dogs are great for those who are worried about being pulled around and they also don't need an excessive amount of exercise. Loneliness can be helped by a healthy number of animals. Cats are a great option. They're rather independent which makes their maintenance rather low. 

Health Conditions to Consider

Whether it's just you in the home, or if you have a family, it's important to take health conditions and lifestyles into account. Some problems may be obvious, such as someone in the home having an allergy to cats. However, there are dangers to having certain pets. Pregnant women should avoid scooping a cat litter box for example. If someone in your home has asthma, it's wise to talk to their doctor about what type of pet would be safest. 

Establishing a Routine

Once you bring your new addition home it's time to start building a routine. If you attained the pet because you need to get out of the house more, be sure to start that as soon as you can. Maybe you got a cat. Now's the time to establish a bond and get to know your new critter. 

I adopted a barn cat. It took almost a week for her to step out from under my bed. Being that she was almost feral made this completely understandable. If this happens, be flexible. Establishing a routine is important, but it's not worth stressing over. Especially when everyone is still getting accustomed to each other.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.

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