3 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Pets are an important part of your family. You enjoy their companionship and they bring lots of joy to your life. But did you know that there are actually health benefits to owning a pet? Although our vet clinic cares for animals, not people, we can share research that medical doctors have conducted. Here are just a few of the health benefits that can come along with owning a pet.

  • Pets lower anxiety. Numerous studies have shown that interacting with a pet can increase the amount of positive chemicals in your brain, including dopamine and seratonin. These chemicals make you feel calmer. Some researchers have even found that having a pet can lead to lower blood pressure.
  • Pets are helpful with mental health issues. A 2016 study conducted in the United Kingdom found that pets were a big part of the support system for individuals dealing with ongoing mental health conditions. The patients studied built strong relationships with their pets and could turn to them in times of crisis.
  • Pets can help people of all ages. You already know that pets can help children develop social skills and learn responsibility. But they’re also good for older folks. They provide companionship and a reason for the elderly to get up and get moving (as they are able). Some studies have shown that they’re beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients as well.

Clover Vet is proud to take care of the pets that mean so much to you. Our staff of animal doctors and technicians truly cares for the dogs, cats, and other pets we serve. We believe you’ll see the difference every time you visit our York County animal clinic. Whether you need routine veterinary services or need to take advantage of our animal hospital, we’re always here for you. Make an appointment today or drop by with your pet for vaccinations, exams, and other medical services.

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