By Lisa Caplan
If you have a pet, you already know how therapeutic they can be. I’m not suggesting you run out and get a pet, because pets are a lot of responsibility, but if you have a pet, recognizing that they can improve your mood and wellbeing is important.
I know that when I am feeling tired or overwhelmed my dog and cat often help me cope. My dog, Teddy, motivates me to get up and play with him, take him for a walk, or for a car ride. Once I’m up, I’m not as tired, and often find I have the energy to accomplish more. My cat, Smokey likes to snuggle, which is very comforting. The two of them make me smile. Animals, and not just ones trained for therapy, are good for your overall well being.
Here are some reasons why your pet is good for your mental, physical and spiritual health:
Having a pet is a huge decision and continuous responsibility, which requires care, love, time, and money. A pet can’t solve all your problems, but if you have given serious thought to getting a pet, then hopefully it will bring some joy to your life.
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Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma.