It almost goes without saying that our dogs make us feel better throughout the day, however did you realize that owning a dog can literally make you feel better, as in providing real health benefits? They can and do.
-When interacting with a dog for 15-30 minutes, a hormone in our bodies called cortisol, which is associated with stress will actually lower. Conversely, the amount of serotonin which is associated with feeling good will naturally increase.
-In a study of 240 married couples, pet owners had a lower blood pressure and lower heart rates than did those of couples who did not own pets. (so you may be better off in the dog house after all)
-Children that grow up with dogs in the house, often grow to have less allergies and a stronger immune system than their non-dog owning counterparts. Even with a marvelous Dublin Dog, All Style, No Stink dog collar on, our four legged friends still offer a plethora of not so sanitary surprises in their fur, paws, and mouths.
-As the owner of a therapy dog, I can testify to the healing, comfort, and unconditional love that dogs often provide to our elderly family and community members. In fact, it’s not uncommon for therapists to prescribe owning a dog to folks suffering from depression or isolation. Sometimes nothing makes you feel better than open ears, a closed mouth, and quiet companionship. Note to self...open ears, closed mouth. Got it.
For more health benefits, visit: http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health