I know a lot of people find pets to be great for mental illness and I do too...to a certain extent.
But I've also noticed they cause me a lot of anxiety too. I had to have my chihuahua put down a year ago yesterday. It was devastating for me and a year later I feel like it's a loss I'm still grieving. But there was some relief in that I no longer had to worry about her. She was old and I worried about her a lot.
Well I didn't intend to have another dog any time soon but a dog in my life had other plans. I still live with my parents and when my sister left her ex a few years ago her dogs came to live with us. Then she met a new guy and they got a house with a yard and decided to take them back. Well one of them adjusted fine but the female pit mix didn't. After a couple of months my sister decided to give her back to us. So she's been with us ever since(about 3.5 years now). She was just kind of all of our dog until my chihuahua died and after my chihuahua died, she decided she was going to be my dog one way or the other lol.
I adore her and our other dogs but any little bump or limp or sore they get causes me such severe anxiety. I think right now it's even worse with the anniversary of my dogs death. Our basset hound suddenly has a hip that's a little swelled. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. Only limping just a tiny tiny bit. Eat, drinking, and running around fine. But since we noticed it earlier it's been constant anxiety attacks.
It honestly makes me think when the dogs we have now die, that I don't want any more. I know I will change my mind because i always do lol. But it's sooo hard on me to think of them being sick or in pain or dying or getting out and getting lost(or hit by a car or picked up by the pound or someone else or someone hurting them...you get the picture).
Anybody else struggle with anxiety about their pets?