5 ways your dog is improving your health

There are so many reasons to LOVE sharing your life with a dog, but if you’re reticent about getting a dog, or live with someone who needs convincing to get a dog. You can let them know that dogs are officially good for your health.

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1/ Dogs are natural mood enhancers

It only takes a few minutes with your dog for you to feel less stressed, Scientists have shown that the connection you feel with your dog sets of the LOVE hormone serotonin (secreted when you have a feeling of well being) is increased.

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2/  They lower your blood pressure

In one study of 240 married couples, pet owners had lower blood pressure and lower heart rates during rest than people who did not own a pet. That held true whether they were at rest or undergoing stress tests.

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3/ Pet owners have been shown to have lower cholesterol

Researchers have noted lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people who own pets compared to people who don’t. However, this could be attributed to lifestyle factors of pet owners.

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4/ They’re good for your heart

Another study showed that dog owners had a significantly better survival rate one year after a heart attack. Overall, pet owners have a lower risk of dying from any cardiac disease, including heart failure

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5/ They’ll help you overcome depression¬†

Therapists have been known to prescribe a pet as a way of dealing with and recovering from depression. No one loves you more unconditionally than your pet. And a pet will listen to you talk for as long as you want to talk. Petting a cat or dog has a calming effect. And taking care of a pet — walking with it, grooming it, playing with it — takes you out of yourself and helps you feel better about the way you spend your time.

{source: web MD}

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