Why we should all own a pet

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DECK THE PAWS… From left, GV Vets veterinarians, Courtney McGrath, Frances Jenner, Emily Horneman and Brett Davis would like to woof everyone a happy ‘howlidays.’ Photo: Katelyn Morse.
DECK THE PAWS… From left, GV Vets veterinarians, Courtney McGrath, Frances Jenner, Emily Horneman and Brett Davis would like to woof everyone a happy ‘howlidays.’ Photo: Katelyn Morse.
DECK THE PAWS… From left, GV Vets veterinarians, Courtney McGrath, Frances Jenner, Emily Horneman and Brett Davis would like to woof everyone a happy ‘howlidays.’ Photo: Katelyn Morse.
DECK THE PAWS… From left, GV Vets veterinarians, Courtney McGrath, Frances Jenner, Emily Horneman and Brett Davis would like to woof everyone a happy ‘howlidays.’ Photo: Katelyn Morse.

IT IS no secret that caring for a pet has a positive influence on our lives. It is important to remember pet ownership is a responsibility, not a privilege, but I believe there is a pet for everyone.

Caring for a pet brings routine to our lives. Many pets need regular exercise and sharing this regular walk can have positive health implications for pet owners. They are excellent for security and companionship and pets are becoming increasingly incorporated into aged care facilities and hospitals.

Having a pet is also a great conversation ice breaker. In this day and age when we are all face down looking at our screens and starting a conversation can be tough, our pets break that barrier easily whether it be at the park or down the street.

Research has shown that pet ownership can be good for the heart and reducing blood pressure. Pet therapy has been linked to a reduction in pain, depression and anxiety. Owning a pet has shown to reduce stress, they can help fight off the common cold and bringing your pet to work has been shown to reduce workplace stress. Some pets can even sniff out cancer for goodness sake!

Pet ownership undoubtedly has positive effects on our health and enriches our lives, but it also comes with great responsibilities. An important message, especially relevant to Christmas time, is that pets are not recommended as gifts and should never be a surprise gift. The right new pet for your home needs to be a well considered, educated decision with an expected emotional and financial commitment for at least 10 to 20 years.

The staff and vets at GV Vets would like to wish all the pets of the Goulburn Valley (and their owners) a very Merry Christmas.