Need A Little Help with Your Health?
Get A Dog! Dogs are considered man’s best friend. But did you know that having a dog gives you several health benefits?
Below I have listed 4 great reasons for owning a dog that will definitely benefit you as a person.
In fact, I am writing this just after returning from my nightly walk with my dog and to see him now stretched out in front of the log fire makes me feel great. It’s an extra bit of exercise for me and that can only be good for me in the long run.
As humans these days, we have become far more sedentary than our ancestors. Sure, you can join a gym, but in terms of keeping fit and well, nothing beats walking a dog.
You see, you really can’t have a day off from walking your dog and that is a great incentive to keep that old pump in your chest running well.
I walk my dog 3 times a day and each time lasts around 30 minutes or so. Sometimes a bit longer, but that is a decent daily work out for me.
Everybody is different and I get that. Having a dog makes you more sociable as you will meet other dog owners too.
So, without further ado, here are my 4 great reasons for making your health better by owning a dog.
In studies done by medical professionals, dog owners benefit from their pet’s presence in several ways:
1) Improved cardiovascular health
Dog owners have been proven to have blood pressure and cholesterol lower than ordinary people. These factors reduce the chance of cardiovascular diseases. Stroking a pet has long been known to reduce blood pressure.
A study from the New York State University found that these benefits continue even without the pet available.
The study tested a group of stockbrokers with hypertension. They concluded that just being a pet-owner can lower blood pressure.
Dog owners also have blood cholesterol levels lower than normal. Five thousand four hundred people were tested by the Baker Medical Research Institute of Australia and with the results showing pet owners having not just lower blood pressure but also lower levels of blood triglycerides and cholesterol compared to people who didn’t own any pets.
2) Faster recovery time and higher survival rates
Hospital studies have found that seniors and recently operated on patients responded better to treatment and got better quickly while they were in contact with dogs and other therapy animals. Just petting a dog can be relaxing and therapeutic for recovering patients.
Also, dog owners have a greater chance to survive after suffering from a serious illness.
Several studies have discovered that pet owners who suffered a heart attack were more likely to be alive a year after they were discharged from the hospital than those who did not own pets.
Another New York study found that pets affected their survival rate more even more than the presence or company of family members or friends.
3) Fewer visits to the doctor
Studies conducted at Cambridge and UCLA have found that owning a pet corresponds to overall improved health and
less need for hospital visits. A Medicare study of its elderly patients also discovered that those who own dogs visit the doctor less than those who don’t have a pet.
4) Mental Wellness
Patients who have dogs have also been known to have better emotional health than their counterparts. They offer
unconditional love and affection; their presence alone help reduce loneliness for sick people who have otherwise been isolated.
Several studies of people with major illnesses have shown that the stress of fighting the disease is significantly reduced when they had a dog as company.
Dog’s don’t judge us a people. I think for me that is one of the most incredible and humbling things about sharing my life with a dog.
They make us think more and become more responsible and they are consistent for us.
We live in an era now that mental health has become a major issue for many who have stressful lives and struggle to cope and deal with real world pressures.
Having a dog really helps as it put’s things into perspective and a dog will make you calmer and look at life differently.
As you can see, having a dog is a great investment, for the joy that you get from owning one and the health benefits that you can receive.
So, go out and get a dog!