It’s often said the UK is made up of animal lovers.
And since the lockdown began that love affair has grown even stronger.
According to a 2019 survey by a company called Statista, more than 40 per cent of households across the UK own pets.
Dogs and cats are the most popular, but also rabbits, turtles, indoor birds and even snakes are being kept in their thousands.
And here are four fabulous reasons why our furry friends (and all the others) are good for us, especially in lockdown.
1) During lockdown walking the dog has become an outlet for extra exercise and breaking the monotony of being stuck indoors.
2) Pets of all shapes and sizes have been providing much-needed companionship for many of us who are self-isolating or social distancing.
3) Stroking a dog, cat, or other animals has been proven to lower blood pressure and help you feel calmer, less stressed and more content.
4) Being playful with your pet increases your levels of the chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which create feel-good sensations in your brain.
For many pets, dogs, in particular, the period of lockdown has been enjoyable as they have had longer than usual walks, more cuddles, and a lot more attention from their owners and families.
But some animals, including our canine chums, need a little extra care during this uncertain period.
The renowned Battersea Cats and Dogs Home has issued advice for owners and people caring for animals during lockdown who are facing difficult circumstances. The link is at the end of this article.
From a property perspective, if you are selling or letting your property now, it’s advised that cats and dogs are kept away from anyone who is viewing it, just to be on the safe side.
At Belvoir we want all our clients and community to know we are taking every possible step to protect people (and their pets) as we go about our work safely and sensibly.
We’d love to see photos of your handsome hounds, cute cats, happier hamsters, and any other types of pets that are helping you raise a smile during the lockdown.
Thanks for reading, and we hope you and your beloved pets stay safe and well.