Mental Health Benefits of Pets

Author: Amy Holloway

Pets come with many benefits, besides their unique ability to keep our deepest secrets, so how else can they help us get through a period of isolation?

Right now, the Coronavirus is likely to spike rates of loneliness, either through self-isolation or social distancing. This can have a negative effect on physical and mental health. Here’s how your pet can help:

  1. Keep active – having a strong bond with your pet will encourage you to exercise and play with them regularly, which are great for physical and mental health.
  2. Boost cardiovascular health – from cardio-friendly dog walks to relaxing cat strokes, researchers have found that pet ownership can improve your heart health.
  3. Be more sociable – dogs especially are great ‘ice-breakers’. You might walk your dog alone, but lots of other dog walkers like to interact – just keep a two-metre COVID-19 distance right now.
  4. You’re not alone – besides giving you the purrrfect opportunity to talk to other like-minded pet owners, pets themselves are excellent and loyal companions. They love unconditionally and need taking care of, so that’s time spent stroking, brushing, feeding, walking, knitting outfits, taking photos…
  5. Reduce stress – a stressful experience can soon become less so if you have a pet to spend time with. Those ‘puppy-dog’ eyes and hilarious antics can have a hugely positive impact on mood and stress levels.
  6. Deal with mental health issues – pets can be a welcome distraction and valuable support system when you’re dealing with mental health issues, especially when human relationships might be strained.

Contact our team if you have any questions about how to care for your pet whilst you’re isolated. If you are experiencing mental health issues, there are lots of organisations online that can give you help and advice including the NHS and