Minding our pet’s mental wellbeing

pet health

We’ve all read the stats and facts that our pets boost our mood, improve our health and bring positivity to our lives. Now it’s time to turn the tables to consider the well-being of our pets and ways we can support them to thrive in life.

As pet parents and carers, we often look to the physical wellness of our pets, rather than dicing a little deeper to see what else could be happening under the surface.

Studies have shown that pets that suffer from anxiety and fear, often have a shorter life. Stress in pets can also lead to health problems such as cardiovascular diseases and self-harming behaviours.

If you suspect your pet may be showing signs of depression, unusual compulsive behaviour, sensitivity to noise, or anxiety, seek advice from your vet.  Ways to help our pet pals deal with behavioural or mental health struggles could include:

Regular exercise: Daily walks can help boost your pet’s mood each day. Experiencing different places, smells, and sounds and spending time with a pet parent can help to engage their senses and strengthen bonds.

Socialisation: Taking your pet to local dog parks or organising social get-togethers with other pet pals can help canine, feline and other pet pals develop bonds and share familiar play. Socialisation is important in helping canine friends feel comfortable in group situations. It also helps them self-manage the intensity of their exercise depending on their ability, age and breed.

Stimulation and enrichment activities: Provide pet-appropriate toys, puzzles and games to ensure pets remain stimulated throughout the day. Often when we go to work or leave home for other reasons, our pets are left to determine their own entertainment. There are various toys on the market that make finding treats a stimulating game for pets. Balls, chew toys and climbing equipment can also help keep pets stimulated while at home. A petsitter who works from home can also provide daily stimulation for pets while their pet parents are away.

While these tips serve as a starting point, it’s essential to consult with your vet to tailor a plan that meets your pet’s unique needs. By prioritizing your pet’s mental well-being and proactively addressing any signs of distress, you can ensure they lead fulfilling and happy lives by your side.

Remember, a happy pet makes for a happier home!


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