Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Superman, claims that his pet dog’saved’ him from mental health problems

Dogs are the ideal pets because they are such devoted companions, always there to lift our spirits with their unconditional love. Dogs have been shown to improve people’s mental and physical health.

People from all walks of life, including major Hollywood actors, rely on their dogs for comfort. Recently, one superhero revealed the impact his beloved pet has had on his life.

Henry Cavill is best known to audiences for his portrayal of the iconic hero Superman in recent hit blockbusters such as Man of Steel and Justice League. In addition, he has appeared in Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Enola Holmes.

But even “superheroes” require some assistance, and Cavill recently revealed the friend who has given him the most support: his dog, Kal.

Cavill’s 8-year-old American Akita is well-known to fans who follow him on social media: the actor is not shy about sharing photos of his pet pal online.

In a previous post, he described Kal as  “part dog, part bear, part pig and all soul,” and called him an “absolute gem.”

“I’ve had him since he was 10 weeks old and we have been through thick and thin together,” Cavill wrote. “We actually spend so much time together, I’m not sure who imitates who anymore!”

Cavill recently appeared on the British morning talk show Lorraine, accompanied by his adorable dog.

Fans were thrilled to see Cavill’s dog by his side as he spoke with host Lorraine Kelly — and the actor revealed how much the pet means to him.

“He really is my best friend, we go everywhere together,” Cavill said, according to Daily Mail

“He has saved my emotional and psychological bacon plenty of times. We have an incredibly close bond,” Cavill explained.

“He senses it when I’ve got my own stuff on, he’ll be close — he’s almost always close, but he’ll be closer.”

With such a strong bond, it’s no surprise that Cavill likes to keep his best friend close at all times — even on set.

He allegedly kept Kal on the set of The Witcher, the Netflix fantasy series in which Cavill currently stars.

“He was there the entire time, he spent most of his time in the trailer rather than on set,” Cavill told People. “Because when he can see me, but he can’t get to me, he tends to start making a lot of noise. We didn’t want him running in halfway through a scene or a sword fight especially, because he would be taking people down. But he was always there.”

“He has been an absolute savior for me,” Cavill said in an interview with On Demand Entertainment. “He is a true companion and in those moments where I just need another being around but not necessarily to be putting lots of effort in that person.”

“He’s fantastic. To me, he’s very much — he’s a dog but he’s a companion. He’s a person as well.”