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Dogs and Your Overall Health

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Dogs are God’s gift to mankind. They make the greatest companion. They don’t talk, but they know how to convey pure love. They teach us valuable skills and are brilliant companions.

But did you know that owning a dog creates a huge impact on your overall health?

Studies show that pet owners are happier, more optimistic, and are less-stressed than those who don’t own pets. Petting, scratching, and hugging is great stress-relievers and anti-depressants.

One reason why owning a dog contributes to your overall health is that they keep you fit and active! Walking on a regular basis, once or twice a day can help lower your risk of heart disease. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.

Dog owners generally have a stronger immune system, helping them to stay well and spend less time getting over sickness and bugs. In fact, dog owners visit the doctor less often than non-dog owners and are less likely to be on medication.

Feeling lonely? Dogs make you more sociable! Take your 4-legged pal to the park or walk around the streets and you’ll spark a conversation!

Did you know that dogs have the ability to forgive, forget, and love us again even after going through some tough times? Dogs love us unconditionally! It only means that they can bounce back if we give them the chance and help them to do so.

Dogs also add meaning and purpose to our lives. They give us a reason to get up every morning. They give us a reason to be grateful every day, to smile, to be contented with what you have in life and to celebrate and appreciate the little things in life.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

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