A recent study has found that an estimated $3.86billion was saved on health spending due to the benefits of pet ownership, maybe it’s time pet ownership was available on prescription.
An estimated 53% of Australian households own a cat, dog or both and a growing body of evidence confirms the holistic health benefits people gain from animals, including social, mental, physical, psychological and emotional health.
Walking a dog is a great way to exercise and meet new people but it is possibly the reduction in stress from owning a pet that benefits most. Those suffering from high blood pressure can gain significant benefit from owning a pet. Stroking a pet or simply watching a fish swim in a tank can have be relaxing.