How Pets can Positively Impact your Mental Health

Republished 7th February 2024.

National Love Your Pet Day is an important day for pet owners across the globe. It’s celebrated annually on February 20th and is a reminder to show our furry friends how much we care for them. As we enjoy this day, it’s also important to acknowledge the positive impact that pets can have on our mental health

How do pets brighten our lives?

In the healthcare industry, healthcare workers can be under stress and pressure. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this, with healthcare workers being at the forefront of the fight against the virus. In such a high-pressure environment, pets can play a crucial role in helping healthcare workers manage their stress levels and improve their mental health.

Introducing Emma and her pup, Rex

We interviewed Emma Couch, Registered Paramedic and Trainer and Assessor at Australian Paramedical College on the importance of her 2-year-old Kelpie X Border Collie, Rex, in her life.

‘We got Rex as a rescue dog at about 7 months old, he came off a farm straight to his new beachside abode. It’s quite amazing really, I thought we were just getting a dog, what I didn’t expect was we were getting someone who celebrates happiness with you, can sense when you are not at your best and who promises to greet you every day with excitement wiggles, cuddles and kisses.

Being a shift worker for the last six years a lot of my days off are when the rest of the world is at work, having Rex has meant that these days were no longer lonely ones. We all know exercise is good for us but let me tell you, having a working dog has meant that daily walks are a non-nonnegotiable in our house! The paramedic profession is an incredibly rewarding career, but it doesn’t come without its mental taxes. 

I am so grateful to my furry friend Rex for his daily reminders to smile, be happy, share your love with others, get outside and moving!’

An image of Emma and RexAPC Trainer and Assessor, Emma and with her dog Rex.

Pets in the APC Office

At APC, we are fortunate to have our very own pup’s in the office, with their presence in the office being source of comfort and joy for our staff members, occasionally known to cause some ruckus too although! Students who attend their Clinical Workshops at our Gold Coast, Queensland campus have the privilege of getting to meet Bentley, Odin, Mavie, and others whilst having some downtime with their during lunch breaks and between scenarios too.

Pets can also provide emotional support and companionship for healthcare workers and it has been found that petting and playing with a pet can help release endorphins, which can improve our mood and provide us with a sense of comfort and happiness.

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