There is a growing body of research on the health benefits of being a dog parent. Humans gain plenty by acquiring a furry, four-legged family member. No wonder we call the dog, man’s best friend.
According to the CDC, some of the health benefits of pawrenthood include decreased blood pressure and increased opportunities for exercise. A dog’s presence can lower the stress levels of adults and children. Which explains the increasing popularity of therapy dog for public venues. Dog parents are also more likely to stay active. According to one study, dog parents take 2.7K more steps a day than non-dog parents.
Any way you look at it, having a dog is good for your health. Huffington Post breaks it down for you in the Top 10 Health Benefits of Dogs:
1. Improves heart health
2. Keeps you fit and active
3. Helps you lose weight
4. Improves your social life
5. Reduces stress
6. Adds meaning and purpose to life
7. Keeps depression at bay
8. Prevents allergies in kiddos
9. Reduces doctors visits (because you’re healthier, duh!)
10. Battles disease and injury
Adopt a shelter dog and you get a double dose of benefits 4 and 6. I’m certain a future study will back me up on that.
What are some of the ways your former shelter dog has improved your health?