Pets, especially dogs and cats, can have a positive impact on our mental health. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. Additionally, having a pet can provide a sense of companionship and purpose, which can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression.
Caring for a pet can also give us a sense of responsibility and routine, which can be beneficial for those struggling with anxiety or depression. Walking a dog or playing with a cat can also provide a distraction from negative thoughts and help to improve our mood.
However, it's important to note that having a pet is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Before getting a pet, it's important to consider whether you have the time and resources to properly care for them. Additionally, it's important to make sure that any existing mental health conditions are stable enough to take on the responsibility of a pet.
In conclusion, owning a pet can have a positive impact on our mental health. It can provide companionship, a sense of purpose, and can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression. But it's important to make sure that you're able to provide proper care for your pet and that your mental health is stable enough to take on the responsibility.
If your current place of rent does not allow pets, you may still be eligible to have one in your home by securing an Emotional Support Animal letter/certificate. Reach out to schedule an appointment with us online to receive your ESA letter!