Pet therapy: 14 reasons why owning a pet could be good for your recovery


It has been said “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face” (Bernard Williams). Many of our clients have indicated a similar sentiment: that pets can make great companions for recovery. Interestingly there are many health benefits associated with owning pets. Fourteen benefits of pet ownership, for psychological and physical health, as demonstrated by research are:

  1. Better social skills & social connectedness
  2. Increased self esteem
  3. Increase empathy
  4. A more positive outlook on life
  5. Less lonliness, restlessness & boredom
  6. Less chance of suffering depression
  7. Better capacity to cope with grief, stress and loss
  8. Increased sense of safety
  9. Lower blood pressure
  10. Lower cholesterol levels
  11. Increase physical activity
  12. Reduced visit to the doctor
  13. Increased immunity
  14. Reduced illness

Do you agree in the power of pets for recovery? Are there other benefits that you have discovered?

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