The Power of Pet Hugs

The Power of Pet Hugs

It can be easy to forget that our pets have feelings just like humans. They may show it in different ways such as wagging their tails in excitement when you walk through the door, hissing at an unwelcomed guest, or hiding in the corner after they got in trouble for going through the rubbish.

During emotional states such as anxiety, fear, joy and love, our pets have the same emotional reactions as humans.
Research has revealed that hugging loved ones can help reduce feelings of stress and loneliness and increase dopamine which enhances an individual to feel happier. This includes all your furry friends, which is why it is important to remember to give your dogs, cats, and horses plenty of cuddles.

Research has revealed that hugging loved ones can help reduce feelings of stress and loneliness and increase dopamine which enhances an individual to feel happier. This includes all your furry friends, which is why it is important to remember to give your dogs, cats, and horses plenty of cuddles.

When cuddling a person or animal our brains are stimulated with emotions of love and pleasure as Oxytocin is being released. Whilst hugs can boost positive emotions, they can also significantly reduce levels of Cortisol, which is responsible for depression, stress, and anxiety.

It is particularly important for you to show your pets affection not only through head scratches and belly tickles but most importantly plenty or hugs, we already know how amazing they feel! Of course, if you pet shows any signs of distress when showing affection, make sure to immediately give them space.

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