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Five science-backed health benefits of owning a dog

There are countless reasons why owning a dog is excellent.

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Improving mental health, helping us be more social, etc. It feels great just to pet, right?

They provide companionship and love and often make us laugh. But did you know that dogs can also improve our health?

Here are five science-backed health benefits of owning a dog.

  • Dogs can improve our mental health. Studies have shown that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without furry friends. Dogs can also help reduce anxiety and stress levels.
  • Dogs can provide us with social support. Dog owners tend to have more extensive social networks and more close relationships than those without dogs. Walking your dog also allows you to meet new people, which can be especially beneficial if you live alone.
  • Dogs can encourage us to be more active. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can have significant health benefits, and owning a dog is a great way to ensure that you stick to your walking goals. Dogs also make us feel good by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain.
  • Dogs can help us recover from illness or injury faster. Research has shown that dog owners have shorter hospital stays and require less pain medication than those without dogs. Dogs can also provide valuable assistance to people with disabilities.
  • Dogs can improve our cardiovascular health. Studies have found that dog owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those without dogs. Dog ownership has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing heart disease.

So, there you have it! Owning a dog isn’t just great for your mental and emotional well-being – it’s also good for your physical health. So if you’re thinking about getting a furry friend, go ahead – your health will thank you for it!

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By Jase A.

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