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Friends with benefits: pets and other animals and wellbeing

Pets and other companion animals are just that, they can provide great companionship. Many studies have shown that. Some have pointed out the benefits to the pet owner’s physical and mental health. Lover stress levels, better heart health as well as other positives.

Owning a pet can provide better socialising with family and friend too. People who feel the benefit and support their pets give them have also been shown to feel greater closeness to and support from family members and friends. People with a dog can also fin that talking it for walks becomes an ice-breaker as people will often comment on the dog and, in turn, meet its owner.

People with pets have experienced a variety of benefits like improving their social life and even improving their mood, personality and even self-esteem.

Owning a pet can even be like having a live-in therapist. Many pet owners talk to their pets, often talking about their own problems. A devoted pet has all the time in the world for you and will sit by as you talk. As the basis of good therapy is to be a good listener, you companion animal is a kind of therapist.

If your pet companion is all this to you and more, the last thing you would want is to leave them behind if you needed to be away.

That is why Retreat South is pet friendly. We know the value of pets. Set in rural environment with pets and farm animals including sheep, dogs, chickens and even a very friendly Highland Angus steer, Animals can be an important part of your recovery.

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