This month our resident vet and human doctor, Dr Tamara, shares with you some of the health benefits of owning a pet.

Did you know that pets play an important role in improving our health? Here in Australia we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world; and this ownership directly correlates to reduced health expenditure (less money spent at the health professional!)

Here are some ways they can benefit you –

  1. They encourage us to get active, outdoors and socialize
  2. They can decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol
  3. Growing up with a dog can strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of allergies
  4. They combat feelings of loneliness, grief, and stress.
  5. Through caring for them, we are also reminded to care for ourselves.
  6. They are loyal, dependable and the ultimate best friend.
  7. Their friendly faces can bring a whole lot of joy.

Dr Tamara’s door is always open for pet chats – what pet would suit you best?