It’s Stress Awareness Month in April so we thought we’d show some appreciation for our 4-legged friends. This is because research shows that pets improve our mental health. Who knew that dogs could get even better? Let’s dive into why dogs can relieve stress and how we can repay them (spoiler alert… lots of cuddles and delicious plant-based dog food).

The science 

Research has shown that interacting with dogs decreases levels of cortisol, which is a stress-related hormone. (1) Not only that, pets improve our mental health by increasing levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin when we pet them. This combination keeps your blood pressure steady and is therefore a great stress reliever. 

Find a routine 

Routine is a great way to combat feelings of being overwhelmed. The regularity of taking a moment out of your day to follow a routine keeps feelings of stress at bay. Our doggos give us the perfect day-to-day structure to follow as puppies thrive on a routine. Regular walks, play and activities give you an opportunity to remove yourself from the stresses of everyday life and spend some time with your pup. If your routine has slipped recently, Stress Awareness Month is the perfect time to find the boost you need.

Get outside 

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Sometimes the best thing you can do is remove yourself from the situation and get some fresh air. Guess who’s always up for taking a walk with you… your doggo. Having a dog also encourages you to exercise daily, which helps to manage stress (2). Furthermore, pets improve our mental health by encouraging exercise because physical activity triggers a release of serotonin which makes us feel good! (3)

Companionship

Pets improve our mental health because they can help combat feelings of loneliness. Their affection, loyalty and consistency make them the perfect companion making us feel better when we’re down and calmer when we’re stressed. Coming home to your best friend after a crazy day is the ultimate stress reliever. 

Saying thank you to your pup

In summary, dogs are amazing - but you already knew this! What you might not have known is the reasons behind how and why they make you feel better. Now that you do, you best say thank you to your wonderful doggo…

But how? Dogs are at their happiest when they are feeling their best self. The key to this is healthy dog food that tastes good too! That’s where OMNI plant-based dog food comes in. Get those tails wagging with reported benefits like…

  • Better breath

  • Shiner coat 

  • More energy 

  • Better toilets

Not only that but this affordable healthy dog food can be bought on a subscription so it’s delivered to your door, hassle-free. A subscription also unlocks complimentary access to our bespoke 6-month health plan, where you can dig deeper into your dog's health and welfare needs over a monthly video call with our expert vet team. Check out our nutritionally complete Puppy, Adult or Senior range and give your pup the food they deserve.


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References:

  1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-friend-who-keeps-you-young#:~:text=Reduce%20stress.,that%20bonds%20mothers%20to%20babies).

  2. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-and-your-mental-health/about-physical-activity/

  3. https://www.apa.org/topics/exercise-fitness/stress

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