A pet’s unconditional love can be used to treat depression
Ask any pet parent what their favourite part of the day is and guaranteed it will be getting home to their beloved dog or cat; always happy to see them, always open to love.
Pet therapy has become a phenomenon, using this unconditional love on those suffering from depression.
Dr Guy Fyvie, Hill’s Pet Nutrition nutritional advisor, says: “There’s evidence that pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and in some cases even cure it. People with pets are happier, interact more with others and are less likely to visit the doctor.”
Pets have been found to increase their pet parent’s self-esteem and help improve their social skills. Why? Pets have an ability to lift our spirits just by being there and are a great source of companionship. Our pets are also entertaining – their crazy antics and little quirks often have us in stitches.
Ever wondered why watching pet videos on YouTube makes you happy?
Our pets help us escape our daily stresses and make us laugh, which, in turn, releases those feel-good endorphins.
Having a pet gives you a purpose. Walking, feeding, pampering, brushing and playing will get you up and moving (if not for you, then because your pet needs your attention and care).