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Spending time with your pets should be a daily habit. Not only is it a way to express love to your pet, but there are a multitude of health benefits.
Whether you’ve created a list of resolutions for the New Year, or have decided to forgo it altogether, we've found five habits that have physical and mental health benefits for both you and your furry friend.
Daily walk: Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate to intense active time every week. By taking your dog for a 30 minute walk every day, you’re getting a moderate workout, and great bonding time.
1. Cuddle with your cat or dog daily: Spending time with pets has been proven to lower the amount of cortisol in the body—reducing stress. Furthermore, it increases the amount of serotonin in the system which helps one feel relaxed and at peace.
2. Adopt a New Friend: While not everyone may be a two-pet person, simply owning a pet has shown to help lower risks for heart problems. By adopting a new pet from your local shelter, you’re also helping to save a life.
3. Sign up for a Doga Class: No, that’s not a typing error. “Doga” or “yoga with your dog classes” are popping up all over the country. Sign you and your canine counterpart up for a class. It’s a great opportunity for you and your pooch to socialize, while also benefitting you both physically.
4. Bake for your Pet: for many, baking is a relaxing past-time. A simple web search yields hundreds of results for cat and dog treat recipes. By baking them yourself, you can be sure of which ingredients are being fed to your beloved pet. It’s also cost efficient—no more purchasing expensive, processed treats for your furry friend.
These are just a few ideas to help spend more time with your pet this year. Whatever you do, the most important thing is to spend time together, and make sure that you and your pet practice an active, healthy lifestyle together.
5. Consider Investing in Pet Insurance- Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Get your free quote below.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.
2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.