A Dog Can Help You Overcome Depression, Stress, And Anxiety

Today I was doing a little bit of online reading about some of the great things that pets can do for pet owners. This well made article blew me away! It talks about how people of all ages really can mentally and physically benefit from having a dog. They even share a story about people who are over 80, and in poor health getting a puppy and becoming more active and happy. It is nice to know that dogs are just as helpful as they are cute and fun! I know it is hard for me to be sad when I have a dog around me to play with. Heck even looking at our cute Bluetick Coonhound puppies makes me smile!

Pets for Depression and Health

Can your depression problems improve when you interact with your pet?
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Traffic was unbearable, the workday was long, and the boss unreasonable. But minutes later, as your pet dog wags his tail and yips his welcome, your symptoms of depression lift.

It’s not a coincidence, according to psychologists, veterinarians, and researchers, who concur that pets can be good for our mental and physical health. A pet can’t cure symptoms of depression, of course, nor is a pet a substitute for medication or talk therapy. But a pet can help to improve mild or moderate depression in many people, experts agree, as well as provide other benefits, such as better sleep and overall health.