Archaeologists believe humans began keeping pets over 10,000 years ago.
Survey shows that many households own at least one pet. When you add up all fish, small animals, birds, reptiles, dogs, cats and horses there are million of pets living inside or outside our homes.
Therefore, it was not surprising that during this Covid-19 lockdown pet stores and pet supply stores have been considered an essential service by many governments.
Numerous research studies and respected medical experts have all confirmed that pet ownership can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and depression and increase exercise, outdoor activities and opportunities for socialisation.
Now as we experience the first global pandemic in over 100 years, pet owners are not alone as they manage the isolation of self-quarantining. They have the companionship of their pet to feed, care for, exercise with, and to talk to (without being interrupted).
The responsibility of caring for a pet helps foster a sense of purpose and validation and increases the opportunities to achieve the recommended levels of daily exercise.
Researchers found that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and even suicide attempts.
There are hundreds of research studies confirming that pet ownership can decrease cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and blood pressure.
Since caring for pets fosters a sense of purpose and increases the opportunity for healthy exercise, they can provide an alternative to the impulses that may drive us to unhealthy eating.
During these stressful times pets can become an emotional oasis in this environment of fear and anxiety about our future.
Please know that we are here to help you be successful in every aspect of the important responsibility to provide loving care for your pets.