When you get a dog, you aren’t just committing to taking care of an animal, you are committing to taking care of a brand new family member. While it is common for parents to get a pet for the sake of their children, many individuals decide to adopt or raise a puppy for the close companionship and inherent health benefits that come with this bond.

Here are some of the health benefits that you can enjoy when you get a dog as a pet;

It is no secret that most dogs have an abundance of energy, especially early in their lives as they are getting acclimated to their new home surroundings. One of the major health benefits that comes with owning a dog is that since they require daily exercise, their need for activity increases your opportunities to get outside and be active with your furry friend! This daily exercise isn’t just beneficial to dogs, but helps us as humans lead a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Even if it is just taking your pup for regular walks or running around and playing with them in the backyard once a day, this activity can help to reduce blood pressure and destress you after a long day.

An added bonus to this increase in exercise is the opportunity to socialize while being out of the house. You never know who you might meet while taking your dog for a walk to the park, but striking up a friendly conversation with a fellow dog owner can lead to new friendships for you and your dog alike!

Mental Health
On top of the physical health benefits of increased exercise and outdoor time, developing a deep bond with a dog can improve your mental health. Those who may be living alone and having feelings of depression and anxiety can absolutely be lifted by the presence of a pet. Even though they can’t verbally communicate how much they love you, their companionship is entirely unconditional, providing owners with a strong sense of loyalty and security.

As mentioned before, dogs require daily exercise, so for those who may be feeling unmotivated after several months of self-isolation, creating and maintaining a new routine can do wonders for your headspace. Taking responsibility for the well-being of a pet motivates you to not just do what is best for them, but to be the best version of yourself so you can be sure you are doing everything possible to make their lives better.

If you are on the fence about whether or not owning a dog is right for you, consider more than just the cuteness, consider how they can genuinely improve your life and overall health!

While your pet is looking out for you, be sure to look out for them by getting them covered with Pet Insurance from Hudson’s Bay Financial Services and Petline Insurance – Canada’s largest pet insurance company. Pet owners can be reimbursed for up to 80% of veterinary costs, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, dental care and prescriptions. Additionally, owners can also earn up to 4,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.¹

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1) Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.