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Should You Get a Pet After Divorce?


Divorces bring about a variety of negative emotions. To deal with their depression and anxiety, many people seek therapy. A more fun alternative, however, is to get a pet.

Dogs, cats and other animals can help heal a broken heart after divorce. Pets can help relieve stress and give you something to look forward to after a long day at work. Pets offer many benefits, including the following.

They Fill a Void

With your spouse gone and the kids spending half their time with the other parent, you may be feeling a bit lonely. A pet can help fill this void. A dog or cat gives you something to take care of. They add responsibility to your life and can give you a sense of purpose after a divorce that leaves you feeling unwanted.

They Offer Health Benefits

Having a pet can actually be good for you. Owning a pet has been proven to reduce stress and blood pressure and lower your risk for heart attack. This is great news for those who have dealt with immense levels of stress following their divorce. In fact, divorce is considered one of the stressful life events. Take care of yourself and welcome a new furry friend into your life.

More Exercise

Dogs, in particular, need to be walked and played with. When they don’t get enough exercise, they can misbehave. When you don’t get enough exercise you may gain weight and develop health problems. Therefore, owning a pet is a win-win situation. You both get exercise. So take care of your health and adopt a pet.

They Reduce Loneliness

Pets can help those who are feeling lonely by  offering companionship. Pets can’t communicate with you like humans can, but they can still show how much they love you by cuddling and playing with you. Just having them around can give you a sense of security and help you feel less lonely.  Plus, pets—especially dogs—can be a great conversation starter.  People love talking about their dogs, so take your pooch on a walk and see how many new friends you can find.

Are You Ready?

While having a pet offers many benefits, there are some downsides. Animals require a lot of care. They need food, water, toys, beds and other supplies. They also need vet care, which can be expensive. Dogs need to be walked and exercised. Some require a lot of attention. Are you up for this responsibility? Do you have the time and money for a pet? Think things thoroughly before making a decision.

Seek Legal Help

Pets can help heal a broken heart. However, be sure to do your research before you commit to one. Pets can be just as demanding as children, so don’t make a decision lightly.

Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help you deal with life after divorce.  He can offer solutions to help you deal with the stresses of single life. Schedule a consultation today. Fill out the online form or call 954-764-4330.



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