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Why You Need a Pet to Take Care Of

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Getting a pet is a huge decision. It takes time, money, and total commitment. Pets can be messy, noisy, and frustrating at times. However, they can also be an incredible source of comfort, fun, and unconditional love. Animals have the power to improve your mental health, reduce your feelings of loneliness, and relieve anxiety. If you can commit to providing for the health and wellbeing of an animal, then these are the top three reasons you should go for it!

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They Keep You Busy And Active

New psychological studies suggest that being inside of your head too much can cause mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. When people overthink, they tend to ruminate on the past or stress out about the future. Taking care of a pet will help get you out of your head by keeping you busy. There are many daily tasks that need to be performed for any pet, but that is especially true for needier animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. These animals also help you to increase your activity level. Whether you are playing with your cat, walking your dog, or riding your horse, you will naturally find yourself moving and getting outside more each day.

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They Help You Deal With Depression

Animals have long been used as therapy for people with depression. This is because interaction with gentle pets releases feel-good endorphins into your body. Endorphins are natural painkillers and pleasure-inducers, and they can even act as a mild sedative. The trio of happy hormones serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin are also released. These hormones promote peaceful and loving feelings. Dogs in particular can provide comfort and improve your mood. However, many other animals have been successfully used in pet therapy, including cats, horses, guinea pigs, and fish.

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They Help You Form Human Connections

Ask anyone with a dog—they probably never knew the people in their neighborhood before they got their dog. Pets, and especially dogs, have a way of connecting us with the people around us. They are great for starting conversations, meeting other pet-owners, and pausing to greet passersby. Any pet can help you form connections. Pet owners love to meet up with other people who have the same kind of pet. You can share stories, give advice, and bond over a common interest.

If you feel lonely or depressed or you have become an overthinker, a pet might be the answer. Just make sure to do your research so that you can get a good fit. Every animal deserves a forever home.

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