Monday, October 25, 2010

Pets and Their Emotional Well-Being

Animals have feelings and can easily experience stress. They react to changes in their environment, and your mood can have an affect on them. Animals can experience over-sensitivity, fear, despondency, loneliness and depression, among other emotions.
Animals are sentient beings that deserve our love, patience and compassion for their struggles. Animals react to environmental stimulus (or lack thereof) and are very sensitive to changes in the household, as small as they may be. Most issues can be solved with great success if you are willing to view your pet as a feeling and sensitive being, and are consistent with your training.
Please remember that we’ve chosen to bring these animals into our lives and domesticate them as part of our family. Even our kids don’t come with a guarantee, so why do we act as if our pets do? Animals do not speak our language. They do not have the same likes and dislikes as us, and are at our mercy to blend with this human world we have brought them into. Let’s not lose sight of this fact.

To help them maintain a good physical and emotional health, pets should be kept in a comfortable and caring environment. There should be a loving, family environment for them in the household which is best suited to maintaining their regular routine. They should be walked, played with and fed according to the specifications of a vet or a specialist.
A good, well-rounded diet also enhances your pet's physical and emotional health. Regular food is often better than canned pet food, and variety in meals may be a better for the physical health, as well as emotionally for the pet. Besides, your pet also needs plenty of exercise to maintain their physical as well as mental condition.
Pets bring joy and happiness into our life. As they say, "A home is not a home without a pet". They provide a sense of companionship that is sometimes lacking in our day-to-day life, and is important for our emotional health. Therefore, as we receive benefits from their love and desire to connect, they also need us to take care of them.

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