What You May Not Know About Dogs & Your Health
We all know dogs make us feel good, but do you know how? According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, having a dog can help:
*Reduce blood pressure
*Reduce triglyceride levels
*Help you to feel less lonely
*Get you outdoors and moving
*Make new friends
I know that whenever I am out anywhere with any of my dogs, we get lots of smiles, questions and conversation. People want to know what breed they are, how old they are, and often will tell me about their own pets. Many years ago when I began in animal assisted therapy, an associate told me of a patient who wouldn’t utter a word until the dogs came to visit. Something about them reminds us of happy times, and our bodies actually change chemically.
Cortisol, a stress hormone, is considerably lowered when one is interacting with a pet. Oxytocin, commonly referred to as the “love hormone”, is released into the body. Simply watching your dog play can be relaxing, erasing from your mind the worries and stresses of the day, thereby lowering your heart rate. All good things!
Pediatricians often ask new parents if there is a pet in the home. Early exposure to dogs can help a child actually be healthier. In a recent Finnish study, it was found that infants with dogs in the home (cats helped too, but not as well as dogs) had less ear infections, fewer upper respiratory infections and needed less antibiotics than did infants with no dogs in the home.
In a society where we are rushing from place to place, working long hours and overextending ourselves, our pets can be a ray of sunshine. And all those cute puppy and kitten videos online that everyone shares? Tell me that those don’t make you smile and laugh. I know they’re not dogs, but sometimes I can pass 30 minutes watching nothing but baby sloth videos. *squee*
So because we want you to be as healthy as possible, here’s a silly dog to make you smile. Trust me, you won’t be able to help yourself.
My silly nutball puppy. #canecorso #canecorsolovers #canecorsoitaliano #canecorsosofinstagram #bestpetsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #dogstagram #sillydog #playful #iflmydog #mansbestfriend #mastiffgram
A video posted by Walks With Rama (@walkswithrama) on Feb 26, 2015 at 10:15am PST