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Having A Pet Makes You Happier and Healthier


Diogo, handsome boy belonging to Sonja and Sandra


An excerpt from an article by Dr. Jane who is the holistic vet behind the exceptional pet products we use:

Pets Make Life Healthier for their Pet Parents

Many of us agree that we should do everything within our power to make sure that our companion animals enjoy the best possible life. But did you know that simply by playing a role in your life, your furry kids could actually help you to be not only happier but healthier?

Of course you did. It’s all part of the privilege and fun of being a pet parent. What you may not know is that there’s plenty of science to back it up. As a holistic veterinarian, I’ve read so many reports regarding the health benefits associated with having companion animals, which has been accumulated over the last two decades, including numerous research studies in the U.S. and across the globe.

A study published in The British Journal of Health Psychology reports that people who have companion animals tended to be healthier than those who did not.

Researchers at the University of Leicester found that when pets are in a household, children six years and younger develop social skills at an accelerated rate. Additionally, these children tend to have better coordination, improved confidence, superior communication skills and are even less likely to have allergies!

The British Medical Journal concluded that companion animals serve a vital need for socialization, especially for people at a higher risk for isolation, like those who suffer from physical limitations that might prevent them from interacting socially. Most medical professionals agree that the broader the network of social contacts, the better we are able to deal with the difficult times in life. This study, and others like it, supports the idea that this need for social relations can be fulfilled equally well by companion animals as with people.

These and many other studies reinforce what we as pet parents have suspected all along … that our beloved four-footed companions play huge roles in our health and happiness as members of our families.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for your dear companions,
Dr. Jane

And now for some photos of Semper Fi Siberians making life happier and healthier for their pet parents:


Thank you, Jane for sending the lovely photos of Garsha and Sabina. We also enjoyed  reading about the joy they bring to others.  One of these days, we will be able to accept your kind invitation and come to see them and you!


Sasha, photo by Kayla.

It is impossible to look into those soulful blue eyes and not feel worries slip away and peace abide!

Nikki says she has to put water in the tub every day for Niko and Samara, but on Sunday they like to relax!

Pavel at three months and Pavel now – thanks Tara for this great comparison!

Sir Gingersnaps of Semper Fi relaxing after celebrating his second birthday. Thanks Christy!


Goose and Gunner, part of Kelly’s decorating scheme!



Sandy’s favorite photo of Sasha. Mine too!


And since they make us healthier, please feed quality food to your pets so we can enjoy them for many years to come. http://www.mrsilversfood.com

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  1. Such lovely photos! Great article too!


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