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3 Ways a Pet Can Boost Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Pets are such a wonderful part of life. Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, fish, or something else, a pet becomes a friend of sorts. We love them, and they love us back. But as it turns out, pets are more than just four legged friends … they may actually boost our health and keep us well longer. If you love animals and need an excuse to bring another into your life, take a look at these ways in which they can improve your health long-term.

A Pet Can Boost Mental Wellness

Study after study has shown that a pet -- especially a loving pet like a dog or some cats -- can boost your emotional and mental well-being. Pets often provide an unconditional love and loyalty that is rarely found among humans. They make us feel safe, loved, complete, wanted, and important. If you give this kind of love back to them, you have a wonderful cycle of mental and emotional wellness that can last a lifetime.

A Pet Can Help You Stay Active

You'll have to get the right kind of pet for this benefit. A fish might not be a very active one. But a dog or cat or even a ferret can keep you a bit more active. These kinds of pets like to play. A dog, especially, can keep you up and moving. If you have a hard time getting enough activity in your life, getting a dog will force you to get moving and stay that way every single day.

A Pet Can Give You Responsibility

A pet requires you to be responsible, and responsibility is truly a good thing for your overall well-being. When you’re responsible for another living creature, you have to worry with things like food and water, medicines, general comfort, and a million other things. This kind of responsibility gives you a reason to wake up in the morning with an engaged mind and body, and personal satisfaction. If you’re looking for a way to boost general health and wellness, getting a furry friend might be the perfect solution.

Pets make great companions and even better friends. They bring us excitement and joy, and as if that weren't enough, they can also bring a new level of good health to our lives.  When you’re capable and ready, bring a pet into your home and your life, and then enjoy the boost in mental, emotional, and physical health that comes with it.

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

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