OATHALL VETERINARY GROUP LTD 

30 Oathall Road

Haywards Heath 

West Sussex

RH16 3EQ

01444 440224

enquiries@oathall-vets.co.uk 

 

Emergencies for our registered Clients : 

24-hours

 

Mon - Fri: 08:00 – 19:00
Sat: 08:30 – 13:00

 

VAT Reg. No. 760 1736 42

Why owning a pet is good for your mental health

It is clear we love our pets, the immediate joy and companionship that comes from owning a pet is one shared across the world.  The benefits of owning a pet stretch even further providing both physical and mental health benefits.

The relationships we build with our pets offer not only companionship and encourage social interactions but can also help reduce stress and anxieties.  Pets are not only a source of routine and motivation but help provide some purpose and help owners to feel needed.  The gentle nudge of paw or wet nose can ease loneliness and offer comfort.

Something simple like walking the dog can provide motivation and help an owner exercise.  Stroking a pet and interacting with a pet helps relaxation and can have a calming effect supporting mental health.  Providing care to an animal brings us joy and gives purpose and meaning to a day.  Pets can even provide a sense of security and company with many people living alone and now working from home.

Children like adults can also benefit from animal interaction and pet ownership just playing with a pet can stimulate the mind and body as well as a source of calmness.

Owning a pet comes with great responsibility but also a sense of support and companionship and without question our pets offer unconditional love.