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Feeling Stressed? Pets Can Help!

Many people suffer with stress, anxiety and depression even under the best of circumstances.  Now our world has been tossed into complete turmoil, so it’s likely that the number of people dealing with these issues has multiplied. There are a lot of ways to cope with the symptoms: meditation, diet, and exercise to name a few.  But if you live in one of the 80 million U.S. households with a pet, you may already have as stress reducer in the form of a wagging tail and furry snuggles.

There are many benefits to being a pet owner.  Pets provide companionship, love, and affection.  Most pet owners think of their pets as part of the family.  People are generally happier when they are around their pets, and according to studies, they are healthier too. About Pets & People

Pets and therapy animals can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness and social isolation.  In fact, interacting with animals can help people cope with long-term mental health conditions.  They provide a sense of security and routine that in turn provides emotional and social support.

Picking the right pet is important. There are many questions you need to ask yourself before bringing a pet into your home.  What is the life-span of your animal of choice? How big will it get? What will you need to feed it?  Can you afford its health care? Is your home suitable for its needs?  Having a positive experience with a pet is in your hands.  For example, if you live in a small home with no yard, it would not be a good idea to get a large dog that needs lots of space to run.  Sometimes people purchase or adopt pets impulsively and they are not properly prepared. That can lead to less than ideal situations that will increase stress instead of alleviating it.  Nobody wants that!  So, do your research before choosing the right pet for you.

You have probably heard the term “emotional support animal” (ESA).  Many people use this term to describe their pets.  However, it’s important that you understand the guidelines for emotional support animals before trying to bring one with you everywhere you go.  In order to receive federal legal protection for you and your ESA, Federal Law requires that you present your Prescription Letter for an Emotional Support Animal to your landlord or airline.  You can schedule a consultation and speak with a licensed mental health professional in your state today by clicking HERE.  Register your ESA HERE so that you can get all the legal benefits that come with having a registered ESA. Emotional Support Animal Registration

Whether you feel you need an ESA or you just love your fur babies, you will definitely benefit both mentally and emotionally from interaction with your beloved pets!

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