Owning a Dog Can Improve Your Health

Okay, kids, this one’s for you. While your mom and dad are distracted, let’s get you that puppy of your dreams. Here are four points to help convince Mom and Dad that a playful pet is good for your well-being.

Your dog and your health

  1. Longer life spans

Believe it or not, a study in Sweden proved that people who owned a dog were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and other causes even when age, body mass and socioeconomic status were considered. Those who lived with a dog had a 33 percent lower risk of death than those who didn’t.

  1. Reduces stress

We’re seeing dogs in airports, at schools and in our offices for one very good reason: canine companions are known to lower stress levels. One study of 246 college students found that those who had an opportunity to snuggle a pup were feeling happier and less stressed after. More impressively, that same group of students was still experiencing lower stress levels and fewer negative thoughts 10 hours later.

  1. Improves social skills

As adults, it can be hard to make new friends. Studies show that children and adults who live in colder climates or who move to different cities can often feel isolated and alone. Researchers have found that about 40 percent of people who have dogs make friends more easily than those who don’t.

  1. Prevents allergies

Recent research has highlighted a big misconception: having dogs and cats around the house can actually lower your child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets. According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical immunology, studies show that up to 33 percent of kids will benefit from having a dog in their home and actually build a stronger immune system than children who don’t.


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