Pets provide peace
President of AVA’s small animal special interest group, Dr David Neck said that pets provide the perfect de-stress solution.
“Research has shown that people who own pets are healthier and happier as they provide a sense of well-being and allow people to feel like a part of the community.
“Dogs in particular will give you a joyous welcome when you arrive home from work or from a day out. “Their affection can be boundless. And they don’t really care if you’ve missed deadlines or have had a bad day at the office. They don’t even care if you forget their birthday.
“They offer love, companionship and a non-judgemental ear, all for a bit of food and attention.
“One of the recommendations for people to reduce stress is to take up regular exercise, and what better motivation to work out than walking your devoted companion every day?
“Walking your pet in your neighbourhood also gives you a strong appreciation of your community and gets you out talking to others who are doing the same thing,” Dr Neck said.