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6 Reasons to Be Thankful for Pets

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many of us are already looking forward to spending time with friends and family, and, of course, savoring those delicious seasonal dishes. Of course, it’s important to remember the true reason for the holiday: gratitude. Our animal companions are definitely something to be thankful for! Here, a Brampton, ON vet lists some great reasons to be grateful for our furry friends.


One great thing about having pets is that they are quite entertaining. Fido and Fluffy can be absolutely hilarious when they are running after their favorite toys or chasing after that elusive red dot.


Our animal companions are amazingly loyal, and stay with their people through all sorts of ups and downs. Your four-legged pal won’t care where you work or how much money you have: they just want ear scritches. That unconditional love is both special and precious!

Health Benefits

Did you know that having pets is actually good for your health? We get a natural boost of serotonin when we pet Fido or Fluffy. Dogs and cats are also great at soothing us when we feel stressed, upset, or anxious. This reduces the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and other health issues. Dogs also help their humans stay fit with those daily walks.

Pet Duties

Pets also have specific duties they like to take care of. For instance, Fido will let you know when there’s someone at the door, while Fluffy will lend a helping paw with changing the sheets.

They’re Great For Kids

We know, you probably won’t be very grateful to find pet fur all over your sofa or armchair. However, all of that hair can actually be beneficial to kids. Studies have shown that children who grow up with pets are less likely to have allergies than those without animal companions. They also have stronger immune systems. Pets can also teach children about compassion, and act as both playmates and companions.


It’s always good to settle in with a good book or movie and your furry friend on your lap or at your feet. Dogs and cats also make great sleep aids. Having a purring cat on your lap can be pretty relaxing!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Dixie Road Pet Clinic, your local Brampton, ON vet clinic. Please feel free to call us anytime!