All Creatures Great & Small

The Pets & Your Health edition of Central Florida Health News is by far one of my favorites to produce. Our team here adores their fur-babies, so we jump at any chance to share the joys and benefits they bring.

We asked our staff and readers to share photos of their pets with us, and as a special treat, you’ll find those sprinkled throughout the magazine.

While I could talk all day about the benefits pets can have on our health, it’s important to note that the relationship must go both ways. When you bring an animal into your home, you are obligated to take care of and provide for it. They need so much more than food and shelter.

  • Exercise: Dogs require walks and time outdoors to play and burn off extra energy. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise, especially working dogs and high-energy dogs, can become destructive and engage in excessive barking.  
  • Health Care: Pets need regular vet visits to keep them vaccinated and in good health. Veterinarians can also monitor and help prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Responsible pet ownership also involves spaying and neutering. 
  • Training: Training builds trust between you and your pet and can even provide the opportunity for you to bond with your pet. It also helps your dog understand your expectations and in turn boosts confidence.
  • Love and attention: Just as pets show people love, owners need to reciprocate. Spending time with them and offering affection are a huge part of the mutually beneficial relationship. 

Thanks for reading, and God bless all creatures great and small. 

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