If you have a pet of any kind, you know the joy that pets bring into our lives. While they do come with a certain level of commitment and work, they offer benefits that far outweigh what they require of us.
Now that I am six years into my primary chronic illness, sarcoidosis, I feel like
I can discuss pet therapy with conviction.
Prior to becoming "sick," I always had a pet - from childhood on. It wasn't really until I became ill, however,
that I realized what my dogs had done for my mental health.
My physical health has also improved thanks to being a pet-owner.
Here are 10 ways owning a pet can help you with your chronic illness:
Charlie the Dachshund is always there for me. He will wait on me wherever I go and follow me no matter what.
He needs my help to get his food, water, and to let him outside.
It feels good to be needed by someone or something that doesn't really expect much in return,
ESPECIALLY with a chronic illness. I can be sick, tired, or both in front of him and not feel self-conscious.
I can tell him all my thoughts and fears, and he won't judge me. I can even moan out loud in pain or cry at
my medical misfortune and he doesn't flinch.
Instead, he meets me with loving kindness and is a steady force of calm in my daily life.