A healthy pet can help make for a healthy owner. Here are just a few reasons why owning a pet can help your health:
Improve Your Mood
It only takes a few minutes to feel less stressed after playing with a kitten or petting an enthusiastic pooch! The levels of your stress hormone, cortisol, are actually lowered after activities like these. Simultaneously, your feel-good chemical, serotonin, begins to rise, which is why pets also help to ease depression. Without them even knowing it, pets offer a calming presence at the same time they provide their priceless unconditional love. All good things, all around! So be sure to keep your mood-booster healthy by making regular checkups at Village West Veterinary, your animal hospital in the Ukrainian Village and so close to Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and all other points on the Chicago animal-loving map.
Boost Your Fitness
If you are an owner with an active pet, then you’re probably more active than someone without one. Taking care of an active pet like a dog means daily walks in the morning and evening, playing games like fetch, jogging or running around neighborhoods, and more. It forces you to spend more time outside, soaking up the sun for a boost in your vitamin D and for strengthening your muscles and bones. If you want your dog to be healthy, most likely it will mean keeping yourself healthy as well.
Help Your Heart
With a healthier mind, lower stress and perhaps a better fitness routine, it’s no surprise pet ownership can also have a positive impact on your heart. In a study of 240 couples, pet owners recorded lower heart rates during rest and lower blood pressures than couples who didn’t have a pet. The study showed that even children seemed to benefit. Their blood pressure numbers were improved when they were around their pets. Amazingly, one study found that dog owners had a better survival rate than non-dog owners one year after a heart attack! That’s incredible! Perhaps pet ownership should be rewarded with lower health insurance premiums for the pet owners!
Next time your furry friends need a checkup to help maintain their happy and healthy lifestyles, bring them by Village West Veterinary, the favored animal hospital in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, and the best animal hospital serving Wicker Park, West Town, University Village, and all other Chicago animal-loving neighborhoods in between.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.