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  • Writer's pictureMike Douglas

National Pet Day

Caring for a pet or animal companion can support our mental health in many ways, so here's a short blog post about some of the ways having/ caring for a pet/ animal companion can support our wellbeing:

  • It can increase our physical activity; particularly if you’re a companion to a dog (walkies).

  • Pets can give you a sense of security and companionship. Caring for them can help you feel wanted and needed.

  • The companionship of a pet can help to ease anxiety.

  • Pets can be great listeners, offer unconditional love and won’t criticise. This can help self-confidence, especially if feeling isolated or misunderstood

  • Needing to feed, exercise and care for a pet can help keep to a daily routine, which can help us feel more grounded and focused.

There is so much pets/ animal companions bring to our lives. But it is also important to think about how we care for our pets/ animal companions. Particularly if we are considering getting a new pet.

Looking at material from pet focused charities and local businesses can help to inform us on the best way to support our pets and care for them.

Find out more about about some of these amazing charities:

Find out more about pets and mental health:


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