Pets Are Good For Your Health!

Published: 22/05/2019

Pets play a hugely important role in our lives, supporting our physical and mental well being as well as simply being enormous fun. Our homecare services allow those who need more support, either due to illness or old age - to stay with their pets.

Did you know that over 40% of households in Britain have at least one pet? Not really surprising for a nation that’s famed for its love of animals! There are many reasons why some of us choose to live with pets, but in the main it’s for the very same reasons that we share our lives with family and friends - love and companionship. The relationship with our pets is a very special one and, as anyone who has ever cared for an animal will tell you, the bonds we create with them can be as strong and important as those we make with people. More than simply making us feel ‘good’, there’s an increasing amount of scientific evidence that the deep attachment we have to our pets can have a significant and positive effect upon our physical and mental wellbeing.

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Pet?
There are so many advantages to having pets that it’s hard to know where to start! Organisations such as Pets As Therapy are increasingly in demand and can attest to the wealth of physical and psychological benefits. From a mental health perspective, some studies have suggested that contact with animals can help us:
  • Feel less lonely, depressed and bored
  • Experience comfort from companionship
  • Socialize and communicate more easily
  • Reduce anxiety and behavioural problems
  • Improve attention span
  • Feel more motivated
In addition to the mental health benefits, research shows that there are also measurable physical changes taking place in our bodies when we have contact with animals. A seemingly simple act, such as stroking the cat, can have surprising health benefits such as:
  • Improving overall cardiovascular function
  • Reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure
  • Lessening chronic pain
Therapeutic contact with animals has also been proven to help in the physical rehabilitation process. Patients report that more traditional rehabilitation exercises can be boring and repetitive but pet therapy, such as throwin
g a ball for a dog, is a more interesting way of improving muscle function and co-ordination.

Will I Have To Give Up My Pet When I Need Care?
Sadly, this is a question that many people ask themselves when they get older or experience ill health as, under these circumstances, it can become harder to care for our pets. Many people who have to move into care facilities will be required to give up their pet entirely and this can severely affect their physical and psychological health. For people who live alone in their own home, the thought of having to be separated from a cherished pet because they are having difficulty caring for it can be equally devastating. So, what’s the solution? Well, we are!

Supporting Our Customers To Live At Home With Their Pets

With an ever-growing body of evidence demonstrating the huge health benefits that animals can provide, it’s crucial that we do all we can to keep people and their pets living together. At Bluebird Care Clapham and Streath am our ethos is that high-quality social care encompasses every aspect of a person’s life and that most certainly includes their precious pets! We believe that whatever is important to our Customers is important to us - we think of pets as part of the family and treat them with the same level of care and respect. That’s why we provide tailored homecare packages designed to enable people to continue to care for and enjoy the company of their beloved animals.
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Improving the wellbeing and quality of life of our Customers is central to what we do so, whether it’s helping to care for a bunny or a bird, a rabbit or a reptile, our amazing Care Assistants are here to support our Customers every step of the way!
If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about how we can support you to continue to live at home with your beloved pets, our friendly team are here to help! You can contact us online or, if you prefer to use the phone, just give us a call on 0208 677 6665.