Top Benefits of Having Dogs

Top Benefits of Having Dogs
Did you know that having a dog in your life doesn't just mean you have a loving and loyal companion? Studies have shown that having a canine companion provides us with oodles of mental and physical benefits that go far beyond what most realize.

We have all had one, sometimes more than one pet in our life. We’ve loved them, laughed with them, talked to them and cried when we’ve lost them. Yes, I’m talking about dogs. A loving loyal friend that has touched us in ways we may never comprehend. They love unconditionally and ask for nothing in return. We are all blessed to have had their company for the short time they are with us and for many the benefits are far beyond what we can see.

Dogs are better than medication for relieving nervous tension. Just sitting with a pet after a long and stressful day is enough to return your body a relaxed state. Dog owners are known to have lower cholesterol, blood pressure, fewer heart attacks and according to a study by the 2004 British Journal of Health, they have fewer medical problems than those without pets. Spending only half an hour with your pet can improve your mood, and give you a feeling of harmony.

Studies show that people who are exposed to dogs from childhood are less likely to suffer from allergies such as dust, dirt, grass particles and other potential allergens as well as dander, and they're less likely to be affected as adults. Kids with dogs in the home also have fewer sick days and grow up a stronger immune system.

Those with Alzheimer's have less and less severe episodes when they share their daily routine with a canine. Having a dog can be a lifesaver for an elderly person who lives alone; where they are not able to get help, they can rely on their canine to get someone's attention.

Another benefit of having a dog is that they get you off the couch and outside. Just playing with your dog is good exercise, and you are more likely to walk longer and more frequent than your non-canine walking counterparts. This is especially beneficial for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other joint diseases that need to get around more.

Did you know your dog may help you become more social? Doing activities with your dog such as going to pet stores and dog parks is great for both you and your furry friend, as it is a great way to meet new people and mingle with other dogs and dog lovers.

Children with ADHA can benefit from a dog in the home. Your child can release surplus energy by playing with the dog and caring for the pet will teach your child responsibility. Dogs can also help quiet your child. Therapists have used dogs in treatment as they seem to have a calming effect on both adults and children and help people feel more at ease during treatment.

Dogs Can Make You a Better Person. Having a dog teaches us patience, loyalty and unselfishness. Caring for a dog takes a lot of responsibility and commitment, and it also teaches us to be more tolerant and loving.
Did you know that some dogs can detect cancer, keep you active, tell you when you have low blood sugar, reduce your risk of eczema, help you during seizures, steer you away from foods you are allergic to and rehabilitate you from illness?

Dogs provide people with immeasurable mental and physical benefits and we are so lucky to have them around to enrich our lives! Scientific evidence shows how our fur babies make us healthier, more contented and help us to lead exceptionally better lives.

Please always do your research and consult with your veterinarian before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested on this page. Only your vet can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or to diagnose your pets particular medical issue.

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