Scientists have discovered that people who own pets tend to have lower levels of stress and more effectively recover from heart attacks than non pet owners.
For people dealing with severe stresses, such as cancer and bereavement, having a pet has been shown to help provide social support and assist their recovery.
Here are some ways you can improve the health and happiness of both you and your dog!- Join the OPTIMUM® Pet Health DriveTM to track the health of your pet and ensure you are feeding your dog the right balance of nutrition every day.
- Just like us, dogs need regular exercise. Taking your dog for a walk every day helps you both to stay active, relieves boredom and helps control weight. It also helps to socialise your dog and ensures they are used to encounter unusual sights, sounds and activities.
- Make brushing and patting your dog a special part of each day. It will keep your dog looking wonderful and can help to reduce your blood pressure and help you to relax. And of course your dog will love the attention!
- Dedicate a regular time each day to play with your dog. It will keep your dog both mentally and physically active and these daily interactions can also help to lower your stress levels.
- Many people like to talk to their four-legged friends and dogs are great listeners. It's true they may not understand everything you say, but they will respond to the tones in your voice. Not to mention that they always keep a secret and never argue with you! A regular chat with your dog can be a great way to get things off your chest.