Dogs make us healthier

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Contributed by Amber Drake

There’s no surprise here that animals have long been our support when handling medical problems. They’re able to help someone with limited vision make their way through the store safely. They can help reduce the anxiety of someone who suffers from panic attacks. And, they help us, as humans, be more social.

They do it all! They’re part of the key to our happiness in life… don’t you agree? Let’s talk about some of the benefits of having a dog in your life in further detail.

DOGGIES HELP LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If you’ve been watching the news, you have probably heard that dogs can help reduce our blood pressure. How can this possibly be true?

The term used at this point has been coined the ‘pet effect.’ There have been several studies conducted; however, a study conducted by the University of Maryland Hospital requested 60 participants. This study found simply by petting a dog, the average person’s blood pressure drops over ten percent!

THEY INCREASE SOCIAL CONNECTION

Dogs can help us feel more comfortable in ‘mingling’ type situations. Most people don’t want to go to the park, to a local BBQ, or anywhere else there will be ‘strangers.’ Dogs help in these types of situations. And, they’re a great way to break the ice.

Most people love dogs. Take your dog for a walk around and you’ll probably have people approaching you asking if they can pet her.

If you have some type of condition like PTSD or social anxiety, this adds to the level of difficulty when approaching an unknown situation. Dogs help people with these conditions feel more secure in public.

Those with PTSD can also rest assured their dog is watching their back. Our dogs have sharper senses than we do. They can hear a noise before we do. They can hear noises we can’t. They can ‘smell danger.’ Having a dog to ensure you’re safe can help tremendously.

THEY PROVIDE COMPANIONSHIP

If you have ever visited a nursing home, or worked in one, you may have noticed there are dogs who come and visit the elderly. The companionship dogs offer, even if just for an hour, is unparalleled.

Dogs offer everyone unconditional love. They love you no matter what. Regardless of what you look like, what you sound like, what condition you have. They love you flaws and all.

They’re also great for those who don’t have human companionship. They’re your best friend.

Dogs give a sense of purpose

Dogs can also provide you with a sense of purpose. And, you provide them with a sense of purpose too.

Many times, people who are suffering from depression, severe anxiety, and/or PTSD may feel as if their life lacks purpose.

Parents who have ‘empty nest’ syndrome can also benefit from a dog’s companionship. A dog can help to feel the void you feel when your kids go off to college. You’ve cared for your child for 18+ years. Now what? A dog can keep your mind busy and you can take care of one another.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON HEALTH AND DOGS

If you’re considering adopting a puppy into your family, understanding all of the health benefits in addition to their pure love, is important to understand and appreciate. Your dog could be one of the best things to ever happen to you.

If you have never had a dog before, you’re in for a real treat. You will find out your dog has a soul unlike any other. He loves you more than life itself. That kind of love is near impossible to find.

And, if you’re experiencing any type of health condition, adopting a dog could be just what the doctor ordered.