Top 10 Reasons You Need A Pet

Posted: Jan 07 2010

US News and World Report recently published the Top 10 Reasons You Need A Pet as part of their Best Life series. Companionship tops the list and we couldn’t agree more! More than just animals, our pets are our best friends. They provide loving companionship and bring so much joy into our lives. In addition to companionship, the article listed the following reasons you should need a pet:

Companionship Loneliness can become an unwelcome companion as we age and can lead to depression as well as physical problems. Dogs mold their schedule and personality to you. They are never unavailable or off duty. Smaller dogs, in particular, can easily travel.

Having a routine The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to. Isn’t that a good thing?

Exercise People benefit from regular physical exercise regardless of their age. But it is hard to get into a regular exercise routine, and it’s so very easy to skip it. Having a dog can be a great way to make walking a part of your daily plan.

Less stress Older people with pets tend to exhibit less stress than those without. Maybe it’s those regular walks or the sense that you’ve got a friend to share life’s challenges. Or maybe it’s that tail wagging you see very day when you wake up.

Getting out Having a pet, particularly one that requires regular outdoor activity, helps you stay connected to life. You go for veterinary checkups, and perhaps you visit a dog groomer. You need to be involved in social activities.

Read the entire article here.

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