Animals and Mental Health

How can being around animals effect your Mental well-being

At Oak Tree, we recognise that people get pets for many different reasons. Companionship and exercise out and about can be positive reasons for getting a cat or a dog.

 

When it comes to mental health, research shows that our pets can have a positive effect on our mood and emotions. For people with depression or anxiety, having a pet companion can dramatically change their lives. Just stroking, sitting with or playing with their pet can calm a panic attack, or ease upset. Having a dog can encourage a person to get out in the fresh air and perhaps meet new people, something which might otherwise seem like a daunting task.

 

Pets can also help to calm young people and those with ADHD helping them focus. Pets are great listeners, offering non-judgemental companionship which can often aid self-confidence.

 

At Oak Tree we advise anyone thinking about getting a pet to support their mental wellbeing, to thoroughly research the type of animal they are looking to give a loving forever home to. Talking to your local animal charity or veterinary practice will help you make the right pet choices for you and your family.

For further information please contact Oak Tree at info@oaktreeanimals.org.uk or call 01228 560082

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