The Remarkable Health Benefits of Having a Furry Companion

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We all know that adopting a pet can make a difference in an animal’s life, extending their lifespan and increasing their happiness. You may not realize that pets can bring health benefits to your life, too! At Caudle Vet Clinic, we see the joy and love that pets bring to their owners’ lives every day. Here are some reasons why having a pet is good for you too! 

Benefits of Having a Furry Friend

  • Socializing: Having a dog provides you with increased opportunities to get outside, explore, and make new friends. It is best to be careful when taking your pet out for walks at the moment, as a mysterious dog illness has now spread to 16 states across the U.S. 
  • Company: Pets can be a comfort, especially if you live alone. They can be there for you when people can’t, providing cuddles and emotional support that help stave off social isolation.
  • Senior Care: Studies have shown that dogs and cats can have a positive effect on the lives of senior citizens, improving their cognitive function and decreasing agitated behavior in seniors with dementia. 
  • Stress Relief: Having a pet around when you are stressed out or angry can alleviate some of these feelings. Multiple studies show that pets, especially therapy dogs, help relieve stress and anxiety. Even just petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate and relax tense muscles.
  • Heart Health: Studies suggest that pet owners have lower blood pressure levels and improved responses to stress, thanks to the calming effects of being around a pet. This can help resolve many cardiovascular problems, as stress is a leading cause of heart problems. 

Caudle Vet Clinic Tips For First Time Pet Owners 

  • Research: When adopting a pet, you want to make sure that they will be a good fit for your life. Do you live in a house with a backyard or an apartment? It is important to make sure that your pet will be happy in the living situation that you have ready for them. 
  • Responsibility: Pets can live upwards of 15 years. Making a lifelong commitment to take care of your pet means providing them with adequate nutrition, exercise, and interaction, as well as veterinary care and training. Are you ready for this commitment? It is a good idea to thoughtfully consider all of the responsibilities and care that getting a pet will require. 
  • Find a Veterinarian: It is important to find a veterinarian that is responsive and caring. Luckily, this is exactly what you will find when you bring your pet to Caudle Vet Clinic. We love seeing the joy that first-time pet owners experience when they have their first pet—it is a special bond! We can vaccinate your pet, provide parasite prevention and treatment, and also be your trusted veterinarian for regular checkups. We are excited to meet you and your pet!

Having your first pet can come with some obstacles, but we are here to help with vaccinations, checkups, dental services, and other checkup needs! Caudle Vet Clinic is available for appointments or emergency care at (615) 227-6230. Give us a call; we are excited to meet and care for your furry friend!

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