Studies have shown that a cat or dog can help people live longer, lower their blood pressure, and help with depression and anxiety. Will a pet help you deal with SAD? In some cases it might, but there are always some people who aren’t helped by a treatment that works well for others.
Do You Like Animals?
If you’re not a pet type of person or you wouldn’t have much time to spend with a pet, you probably shouldn’t get one just to help with SAD. While pets do make some people feel better and help to lift their depression, they aren’t for everyone.
What Kind Of Pet Should You Get?
If you do decide to get a pet, getting something you can actually pet. Fish are great, but they don’t require much interaction and you can’t really pet or cuddle them. For a pet to help with SAD, you really need something that you can show affection to, and that will show affection back, like a dog or a cat.
Talk With Your Doctor First
If you’re still unsure about getting a pet, it’s important that you talk with your doctor and see what other options are out there and can help you with your SAD symptoms. There are many great therapies and medications today that you can use, and you’ll be able to find what works for you.
Getting a pet is a big commitment, so be sure that you’re ready to alter your lifestyle to meet your new pet’s needs. If you decide that other treatments would be a better choice, there are plenty of options that your doctor can help you explore.