We already know that dogs make great companions. Humans have lived along side dogs for many thousands of years. In many times or cultures, each species depends on the other for different purposes. But why is a dog good for your health?

Stay Active

Owning a dog encourages you to get out and do something! Not many dogs are content to be lazy all day. Some days, maybe, but not all day every day! Getting up and out with your dog keeps you both active and healthy!

Improve Heart Health

Studies show that having and caring for a dog is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and decreased triglyceride levels. Each of these things helps to contribute to the health of your heart and contributes to the lowered likelihood of a heart attack!

Reduce Stress

Spending just a few minutes a day with a dog can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure. This little bit of time can also increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine which both help you feel happy. We would hope that you would spend more than just a few moments of your time with a dog of your own!

Help Prevent Allergies

You might be allergic to dogs, but having a dog (or cat) while your children are growing up is shown to help lower their chances of developing an allergy to their pets. Really young children might even benefit to the point of developing stronger immune systems!

There are many more ways that dogs help keep us healthy, but these are the most common ones! Make sure you get your dog out for their daily walks and interact with them throughout the day. They will love it and so will your body!

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