How Pets Help us Cope During a Pandemic - Buddies Pet Shop

June 08, 2020 3 min read

We can all agree that there is nothing better than coming home to the unconditional love of your pets after a stressful day at work, a holiday away or even, after only 5 minutes at the shops.

The excited unbridled joy and happiness they greet us with makes coming home all that more special

They bring us joy in the best of times…

In more difficult times, like we are experiencing now. Our pets suddenly offer us more than just the slobbery greeting or excited zoomies when they greet us. As we spend more time at home with our buddies, we realise even more how important they are and what they mean to us.


Read on to find out the 5 main ways our pets are helping us during this pandemic


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) our fur babies offer a variety of health benefits, including:


– Decereased blood pressure

– Lowered cholesterol level

– Decreased levels of triglycerides, a fat in your body

– Reduced feelings of loneliness

– Increased opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and play

– Improved opportunities for social connection

Because of these benefits and the love we have for out pets, it was a relief to hear from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that there is no evidence that domestic pets can transmit the corona virus that causes COVID-19. So, interaction with your pets is highly encouraged at this time as long as everyone involved – both human and animals – are healthy.


5 Ways Pets Improve our Lives During a Pandemic


We are faced with many challenges right now. Job loss, health concerns and social isolation to name a few. We now more than ever, are turning to our much loved buddies for more than just basic companionship and improved vitals. They are also helping us reduce anxiety and depression, and more importantly they are giving us hope..

Here are five ways your pets are helping you during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

1.) Great listeners – Our pets can pick up on our emotions, they can sense sadness or stress. They will also always gladly listen to us talk through our problems. No unwelcome advice – and sometimes just saying things out loud can help you work through your troubling thoughts. I had a 10 minute conversation with my boy earlier today and he didn’t complain once!

2.) Comedic Relief – Our pets are at times the best comedians and they don’t even know it. Whether chasing their tails (or each other if you have more than one), playing with their toys, falling over their own legs or sliding on slippery floors, our pets are constantly giving us a chuckle. No matter how down we feel. Which is a great way to alleviate stress

3.) Exercise – At the moment, the only time I get the chance to leave the house is when taking my boy for a walk. Without even realising it, he has given me routine, social interactions and importantly exercise. I now get just as excited as he does about going for walks!
In this way, our pets give us much needed exercise, some fresh air and a chance to smile at some strangers

4.) Snuggles – As our opportunities to meet people in public fade and we put the dating apps down, our pets are always safe for a cuddle. Hugging our pets feels great, reduces depression and releases those feel good hormones. It will also help you relax, ease tensions and can even relieve physical pain!

5.) A break from the negative – When we are faced with constant sobering updates in the news and across social media about COVID-19, this is a great time to share the love – of your four legged friend or any other pet for that matter, with family or acquaintances. Which is a welcomed break from the depressing media monotony that we are faced with day in day out. As we open up to new online forms of communication between friends, we have more opportunities to share photo’s, or videos of our buddies to bring a smile to someone else!

We have a lot to be thankful of and a lot of gratitude to show our pets. Their love and focus towards us is immeasurable. Especially now with all the additional challenges we are faced with, the appreciation we have for our buddies is much more intense.

That’s why we think that our buddies deserve to be spoiled. A sign of thanks for all they do for us. We offer a range of exclusive items your pets will love.

Shop today and use the code BUDDIES10 at checkout for 10% off your order.

With free worldwide shipping, we hope we can help you strengthen even further the connection and benefits you have with your buddy

All the best in these trying times

Buddies Pet Shop x