Stress can take a serious toll on our mental and physical health, and studies show that we are more stressed out than ever. Thankfully, relaxation has proven benefits, such as lowering our blood pressure, boosting our immune system, combating depression, protection against cancer, and so much more. Even though most of us know we should make more time for relaxation, it can seem hard to fit it into busy schedules.

That’s where pets come in! Living with a pet means we have a built-in reason to play more, exercise more, and have more fun overall. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to tell you more about the health benefits of relaxing with pets, and how to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time together.

Snug As A Bug

Studies suggest that around 45% of dogs and over 60% of cats routinely sleep in their owner’s beds. According to proponents, the benefits of a furry bed-mate include:

  • A better night’s sleep (as compared to sleeping without the pet)
  • Increased sense of security
  • Stress relief
  • Feelings of warmth and happiness

All of these support feelings of calmness and overall health. If having Fido or Fluffy in your bed isn’t an option, consider setting up a spot on the floor for them in your room. Include one of your blankets, pillowcases, or an article of recently worn clothing to impart your calming scent and make them feel right at home.

Nature Nurtures

The benefits of relaxing in nature are well documented and include everything from increased vitamin D levels to better mental clarity. Pets derive many of the same benefits from outdoor downtime. Make a walk, run, hike, trip to the beach, or some quiet time in the forest a regular occurrence for both you and your pet.

When it comes to the great outdoors, make sure your pet is protected. Regular wellness exams along with year-round parasite prevention will help to ensure a happy and healthy relationship with nature.

Relaxing With Pets

Whether you’re snuggled up on the couch for a Netflix binge, strolling through the park together, there’s no reason to feel guilty about relaxing with pets. What’s your favorite way to spend downtime with your furry best friend? Let us know the next time you’re in to see us at Springbrook Animal Care Center, or post to our social media (with pictures, of course)!