Adopting and caring for a pet is good for the mind, body and soul. If you’re thinking of adopting one for your home, or if you’re a long-time pet owner, then it’s already known that they provide us with a sense of security, warmth, responsibility and comfort. Bringing a pet into your family is truly a life-changing experience, but has its ups and downs.
Did You Know?
Collectively, Americans own an estimated:
- 158 million fish
- 95 million cats
- 83 million dogs
- 20.6 million birds
- 11 million snakes
- 10 million ferrets
- 8 million horses
- 3 million rabbits
Over 60% of pet owners consider theirs to be a member of the family. Research suggests that humans suffer the same insecurities with their dogs as they do with other humans. Unsurprisingly, pets can take you on an emotional rollercoaster much like your closest family members when they’re suffering. Whether they’re happy or sad, people are generally in tune with their pet’s emotions. It’s no wonder we consider them another member of the family.Did you know that according to North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, nearly half of those pet owners would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet than with another person? You may question the validity of that statement, but ask a few pet owners and you may be surprised by their responses.
The decision to adopt a pet is rewarding in and of itself, and you should be prepared for all of the perks and turmoil that may come with your new furry friend. Once they become part of your family, it can be a rewarding experience for both of you.
A Dent in Your Pocketbook?
On average, Americans spend $239 a year on dog food, $203 on cat food and total spending surpasses $55 billion, with only $4 billion of that spent on services like grooming, boarding, training and pet sitting. Annually, Americans spend roughly $14 billion in pet medical expenses and $870 million on pet medical insurance.
While that’s way below the estimated $3 to $4 trillion that humans spend for themselves, pet health care takes a large chunk of the average American budget. Don’t let these numbers discourage you. The average American also spends $1,100 on coffee and $530 on wasted food. You can’t cuddle with coffee, and junk food won’t love you unconditionally like your pet! If you think about it, the long-term benefits of caring for your pet far outweigh the financial costs.
Fido Redeems Himself
It’s known that pets can positively impact an individual’s mood, when they’re not tearing up the carpet or leaving little surprises in our shoes, of course. In fact, regular contact with friendly animals provides a number of benefits like:
- Decreased anxiety and stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved cardiovascular health
- The security of routine
When it comes to owning a pet, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. The benefit is always more rewarding than the cons. Sure, pets can be costly and make us want to tear our hair out every once in a while, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you come home after a long day of work and they’re wagging they’re tail or jumping up and down to greet you.
We’ve Got You Covered
At Valley Animal Hospital, your pet’s health is our top priority. We understand what your furry friend means to you and your family, so we do our best to cater to their needs. We offer preventative healthcare programs to keep you both happy and healthy. Call us at (956) 787-2709 to learn more about these programs or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.