Maybe we’re a little biased, but did you know dog ownership has actually been linked to better physical health?! Of course we all love our fur babies simply for the joy they bring, but who knew that dog ownership can actually improve overall health and well being.
Doctors typically recommend 2-3 hours of moderate exercise each week, but most dog owners are much more physically active than that and far surpass those requirements. More exercise and physical activity is related to reduced cholesterol and lower blood pressure which improve overall heart health and decrease the likelihood of serious events like heart attack and stroke. Harvard Health writes that “Having a dog can help your heart - literally” (Harvard Health).
But wait, there are benefits to your mental health too! Exercise increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, the “happy” chemicals that produce feelings of joy and relaxation. What’s more - studies show that dog owners tend to have healthier social lives because they’re likely to connect with people about their (furry) common interests. They also help stave off feelings of loneliness and anxiety by “giving us a reason to get up in the morning” (The 10 Health Benefits of Dogs).
Our disclaimer: pets are a great addition to the family, especially given these added benefits. However, each family should assess its ability to care for an animal individually, and remember that pet ownership is a BIG responsibility. For people considering adopting a new furry family member, here are some important questions to consider:
So the moral of this story is: if you’re in the position to responsibly own a pet, adopt a furry friend to improve your physical and mental health!
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