Dog Travel and Depression | How one may alleviate the other

July 20, 2018

Dog Travel and Depression | How one may alleviate the other

Millions of Americans suffer from depression. The definition of depression is feelings of severe despondency and dejection.  Dealing with depression can be lonely, difficult and can be very hard to overcome. Studies have shown that there is something that may help anyone out there suffering from this unfortunate disorder.

Experts have found that owning or spending time with a pet can help alleviate symptoms of depression. Pets offer unconditional love and as crazy as it may sound, can be easier to communicate with.  Along with professional medical advice, pets can provide comfort and support.

One of the ways your pet can help alleviate symptoms of depression is your pet will become a pleasant distraction.  A pet will get you out and about whether on a walk or errand around town. There is something to be said about fresh air. These small tasks like a walk or errand will temporarily preoccupy your mind and help redirect some of that negative energy.

Travel is another way to put your energy and focus on something else. A poll conducted by The U.S. Travel Association found that 86% of those who travel are more satisfied with their outlook on life, compared to the 75% who do not travel. People who can get away from the day-to-day tasks of home and work are found to be less stressed and depressed.

What if we put the pets and travel together?

Traveling with pets is fun, exciting and will lead you to places you may have never thought to experience. Below are some reasons traveling with your pet may be the best choice you ever made.

  1. Pets are easy going and don’t argue! Pets are happy to go anywhere as long as you’re there with them.
  2. Pets are a friendly conversation starter and a great way to meet locals.
  3. Your pet will protect you. They are great in hotels, hostels or at the beach to keep all your possessions accounted for.
  4. Knowing you have unconditional love and support in your companion is good for your soul.

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Convinced yet?

I have one more tip that will make traveling with your pet even easier and safer.

Investing in a dog car seatis a great option to keep your eyes on the road and your pet safe while you are traveling. A dog car seat is a dog safety product that will restrain and secure your pet to one area in your vehicle.  

Most dog car seats have a tether system that attaches to your dog’s safety harness.  The dog car seat is secured using your vehicles seat belt system. This ensures that your dog will stay in the dog car seat and not become a distraction to you as a driver.

If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with depression, I urge you to give traveling with your pet a try.

So, grab your furry friend and pick a place, its time to explore.