Animals are part of a family

Animals are part of the family  

There are so many benefits to having a pet in your life, with growing evidence that owning a pet can be good for your physical and mental health. Helping to reduce stress and depression and help lower blood pressure.

If you are considering bringing in a companion animal into your family, please make sure you have done your research and understand the commitment needed to have a pet.

They can bring so much happiness and joy into your life and for some they may be their only family.

They help to keep you active, like with a dog they need regular walks and exercise to help keep them happy and healthy.

Spending time with your companion animals helps you to bond with them.

With older people, animals can bring so much into their lives and help them to feel less lonely, help to reduce stress and anxiety and help bring them a sense of purpose and responsibility. They can also help in so many ways like offering comfort and some animals can warn their owners of serious illnesses.

Anyone who owns a pet knows that they are part of the family and for some people a pet may be their only family. They are loyal and provide companionship and love whenever we need it.

Responsible pet ownership begins even before you become an animal guardian, it is a huge step and commitment now and in the future. Providing the very best care for them and everything they need, is essential.

There has been an alarming surge of new pet purchases during the lockdown, often many are being bought on impulse. Bringing an animal in your life needs careful consideration especially with regards to their health and welfare needs. Planning for the care of a pet needs to be a priority especially in the event the owner falls ill, and needs hospitalised during the pandemic.

Here are just a few tips about bringing an animal companion into the family:

  • Don’t shop adopt a pet, there are many shelters and rescue centre with pets all desperately seeking a forever home
  • Make sure you choose a pet best suited to you and your family’s lifestyle
  • Consider how much time you can commit to a pet and be realistic about how much time you can devote to your pet
  • Consider if you can financially commit to having a pet and consider al their food, veterinary health costs and care
  • If you go on holiday you have the responsibility to ensure your pet is looked after and cared for if you leave them behind