By Phillip Snyder, Executive Director
Published in the Englewood Sun on June 05, 2013
The rewards of having a pet as a member of your family are countless, and the unconditional love that we receive from them is priceless. Not only can some of their actions immediately replace a bad mood with laughter, studies show there are also plenty of physical and mental benefits to owning a pet.
Time spent with pets can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and even blood pressure. Statistics from the Department of Health show that 28 percent of pet owners suffering a serious heart attack survived, compared to only 6 percent of non-pet owners. Is that enough to scare you into adopting a pet?
Owning a pet can help us relax, reduce anxiety and even help create a daily routine including feeding them once or twice, grooming them, play time and taking them for walks. And think of the physical benefit of walking your pet and enjoying the beautiful Florida environment.
There certainly are social benefits as well. People appear friendlier, tend to smile and wave more, and are eager to introduce their pet. My son-in-law used to love to borrow our big dog, immediately change the pets name to chick magnet, and walk around the neighborhood looking to make new friends.
Above all, pet's make wonderful companions. Take time out today to appreciate your pet with a tender word or pat on the head. And of course if you are looking to add a pet to your family, consider Suncoast Humane Society, or another animal shelter or adoption agency. There are so many homeless animals just waiting for that special home.