Pets are best medicine for sadness and stress.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pets are best medicine for sadness and stress

People who want a happier, less stressful lifestyle should consider getting a dog or cat. That is the conclusion of a study done by www.pethealthcare.co.uk.

The survey found:

  • 90 percent have a pet for companionship.
  • 85 percent have a pet to get the endorphins flowing to make them feel happy.
  • 48 percent have a pet for health benefits such as stress reduction.
  • 44 percent have a pet for exercise benefits to get healthier and improve their lifestyle.
  • 13 percent own a dog solely for protection or to guard their property.

Pet parents also expressed their 10 worries. The survey found:

  • 93 percent are concerned about large veterinary bills.
  • 92 percent worry about losing their loyal companion because of illness or old age.
  • 84 percent are concerned about the cost of medicines.
  • 82 percent worry about being adequately insured.
  • 73 percent are concerned about their pet being stolen.
  • 72 percent worry about their pet having a healthy diet.
  • 67 percent are concerned about their pet maintaining a healthy coat.
  • 54 percent worry about their pet getting adequate exercise.
  • 53 percent are concerned about their pet being over or under weight.
  • 46 percent worry about the quality of boarding kennels.


The study found that kennels and catteries are falling victim to the hard economic times as only 18 percent of pet parents using them when they go away. Some 25 percent leave their pets with a relative and 27 percent with a friend or neighbour. Pet parents usually give the caretakers a gift or souvenir bought on their travels.