Want To Be Healthier & Happier? Get A Dog

Puppies and dogs are both adorable and cuddly. Did you also know that a puppies and dogs can make you healthier and happier? It’s healthier and happier get a dog

Chances are you have heard the research that shows that the simple act of petting a dog or cat can lower your blood pressure. There has been new research that now shows that simple ways to fight:

  1. Obesity
  2. Heart disease
  3. Mental illness

The way to do that is by interacting with puppies. A recent medical study has shown that “dogs, cats and other four-legged friends can significantly boost people’s physical and mental health.” As pet lovers, we already knew that, but it’s great to have the research to back up our intuition.

It’s also been shown that interacting with dogs and cats alleviates stress and loneliness of those in nursing home settings and for those who live alone.

Want To Be Healthier & Happier? Get A Dog

There are more than 75 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure and in one recent study, more than 1,000 people, 60-years-old and older who live with dogs have a blood pressure that is lower than those of non dow owners.  The study followed individuals who adopted dogs and checked on their blood pressure after they’d lived with their dogs for more than five months and noted a drop in their blood pressure as well.

Other Dog Owner Benefits

Exercise.  If you’re a dog owner, chances are you will be “forced” to exercise regularly. No matter what kind of dog you live with, he will need a walk. When you own a dog you are more likely to be physically active for an hour more than those people who don’t live with dogs.
Loneliness. If you own a dog, you will be out of doors more often and are more likely to interact with neighbors, especially if they are dog owners. Many dog owners will bond over their shared love of pets and that can help alleviate loneliness and isolation that is suffered by many older individuals.

Better physical and mental health. The researchers also found that people who owned dogs were ten percent less likely to be obese than were their non-down owning counterparts. Stress levels, just like blood pressure, drop when individuals interact with their dogs.  It was found that “six in ten people who didn’t own pets had higher levels of stress than did pet owners.”

If you’re going to adopt a dog, and you’re a senior citizen, you may want to adopt a senior dog as she will likely be house trained, will be past the puppy-chewing stage and will be calmer and better behaved when you’re out on a walk. Be a responsible pet owner and make arrangements for your pet in the event you become injured or ill; have a plan for who will take over the care of your pet when you no longer can.

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