The Health Benefits of Sharing Life with Your Pet

October 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

Holistic Veterinarians

Have you heard the good news? Having a pet can help improve your family's health! At Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge, we believe in the concept of Zooeyia. Zooeyia is the basic medical term used by holistic veterinarians when describing the benefits that both people and their pets derive from shared companionship.

The Astonishing Benefits

  1. Pet owners get more exercise. We all know the benefits of exercise, but many of us tend to put it off. That is unless there's a tail-wagging, brown-eyed, furry friend begging us for a stroll around the neighborhood. Research shows that adults who own dogs really do get up and move around more, and so do their kids! If you need a reason to get moving, get a dog!

  2. Pets provide comfort during illness. Chronic diseases can take a heavy toll on families. Pets have been shown to provide much-needed comfort and support to those suffering from illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. If you're a pet owner, find out if there's a program in your area providing ways for pet owners to reach out to those with chronic illnesses.  

  3. Pets prevent isolation. Communities with pets are more likely to get out and get involved with one another, helping to prevent the isolation that can come to the elderly and others who live alone.

Keep Your Friend Healthy

Your animal friends are an important part of your healthy lifestyle. Holistic veterinarians work hard to provide fear-free veterinary environments where your pet can receive the best of care.

From life-stage wellness and nutrition to preventative care and acupuncture treatments, the caring staff at Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge are there for you and your pet at every stage of life. Contact us today to get acquainted!

Topics: Holistic Vererinarians

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.