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By: Kimberly Carter
Since the beginning of man, things have changed and different species have become allies to survive. Today, the closest connected species are humans, and their pets, namely cats and dogs. Domesticated cats and dogs have become "Man's Best Friend." Science has found that we have a genetic connection embedded in our DNA that connects us to furry loved ones. As we continue to make connections with pets, science has found that there are health benefits associated with Man's Best Friend. In fact, certain breeds are specialized to prevent particular health issues associated with humans. Get ready to sink your teeth into five astounding health benefits that you may get from your dog, which will make your furry loved one your bestie.
It Keeps You Fit and Active
Some of you may say this one is obvious. I know, but have you thought about it? Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. stated that he generally recommends a minimum of 30 mins of exercise a day for healthy adults. Pet owners who give proper exercise to their dogs are more likely to hit that goal on a daily basis. Even if they have scheduled walks to allow their pets to use the bathroom, pet owners are usually walking with their dogs. In fact, if you are eating a proper diet, the daily walks for 30 mins can encourage some pet parents to lose weight. For those overachievers out there, one can even do a few squats when they scoop up the dog's little "present" sitting in the grass.
Increases Heart Health
While many people consider their pets to be their kids, other people are not too fond of having pets. Whether you do or don't like pets, you should understand the health benefits that come with owning a pet. Many studies have been conducted and found pet ownership to be a direct correlation between lower heart problems and lower blood pressure. On top of that, lower cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and overall cardiovascular health were found to be attributed to pet ownership as compared to those without. If you want to go a step further, it was found that pet owners have lower rates of heart attacks as well. Furthermore, a study also suggests that people who do have the unfortunate event of a heart attack have a higher survival rate if they have a pet.
Promotes a More Active Social Life
According to the Huffington Post, 40% of pet owners find it easier to make friends. This could be because according to a British study, 4 out of 5 dog owners stop to talk to other pet owners when walking their pets. How amazing is that? You have an opportunity to get in shape while making friends, knowing you have one thing in common: THAT FURRY LOVED ONE. Naturally, people tend to open up immediately when you begin talking about their fur baby. The next time you see a fellow pet owner while you're out walking with your pet, feel free to make a friend.
Have you logged into your social media lately and found an adorable, cute puppy? Or better yet, you may even own one. That "Awww" moment has led individuals to breed new service dogs specifically for this reason. These new breeds of service dogs are normally found to be small in size and tremendous in cuteness. They have been created as a service to help those with anxiety, and to reduce their stress levels. How can you continue to be stressed out when an adorable furball comes on your lap and starts licking you? If you live in an apartment where dogs are not allowed, once registered, the apartment complex cannot keep you from having your pet as he is on duty to help you manage stress.
Helps Aid in Reduced Health Issues with Children
Believe it or not, having a dog can encourage better health in children. According to a study in 2004, a child exposed to a dog, in its infancy stages strengthens immunity to allergies. Research suggests that when children, who struggle with reading, read to a trained dog, they show fewer symptoms of anxiety. Lisa Freeman, the Director of Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction, said, "Their attitude changes and their skills improve." Therapy dogs can also help teens with anxiety when they are preparing for finals. Overall, studies have suggested that growing up with pets can result in higher self-esteem, social skills, and cognitive development in kids.
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