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Scientific proof that dogs are awesome

Got a pregnant friend? If she isn’t already a dog owner, tell her now is the time to adopt.

According to a study that’s been making headlines this week, babies who live with dogs are healthier, suffering fewer runny noses, ear infections and coughs.

There’s also some benefit to having a cat in the house, although it seems dogs have a greater immunity-boosting effect. (Dogs also aren’t associated with the creepy parasite that makes cat ladies somewhat more likely to commit suicide.)

While we’re on the subject of dogs being good for you, please enjoy the following guest post from a fellow golden retriever lover. 

The Health and Therapeutic Benefits of Owning a Dog

It’s true that a dog is a man’s best friend. This is not merely a popular saying but a scientifically proven fact. The medical world has long recognized that dogs help the blind, deaf and immobilized execute necessary day-to-day tasks. Dogs have become loyal and indispensable companions for the disabled. Various studies seem to confirm that dogs offer health and therapeutic benefits that extend to all dog owners.

Let’s take a look at some of these extraordinary benefits associated with owning a dog. Read on…

Fewer Visits to the Doctor

A fascinating Japanese study revealed that pet owners made 30 percent fewer visits to doctors. A national survey from Australia also revealed that both dog and cat owners made fewer annual visits and also had lower use of general practitioner services. Did you know that dogs can even help keep kids stay asthma-free? A recent study conducted by the researchers from the University of California, San Francisco suggests that children who grow up in homes with pets are less likely to develop allergies.

Encourages a Fit and Active Lifestyle

One of the best aspects of owning a dog, and one that may explain why owning a dog translates to fewer doctor visits among owners, is that dogs really encourage owners to adopt a fit and active lifestyle. Dogs require a significant amount of exercise and dogs of all sizes need to be walked. You can take your dog with you when you running, hiking, swimming or biking. Just chasing your dog around will help you lose weight, which is good for your health and well-being. Owning a dog is an excellent way to further your cardiovascular health.

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Lowers Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Heart Attack Risk

A Melbourne study involving 6,000 participants showed that dog and pet owners had lower cholesterol, blood pressure and heart attack risk compared to people who didn’t have pets.

Dogs are Detectors

Two sources have revealed that some dogs can serve as amazing detectors of various health conditions. In 2003, University of Florida researchers published a report in Seizure journal highlighting that some dogs possess an innate ability to detect impending seizures. In 2006, the medical journal Integrative Cancer Therapies reported that ordinary house dogs could detect breast and lung cancer patients simply by smelling their breath.

Offers Home Security

Most dogs are sweet, cute and cuddly, but did you know that dogs can provide real home security? Dogs get protective and excited if a stranger simply comes to the door. Studies have revealed that burglars are scared and intimidated by barking dogs. It can cost you thousands to install a quality home security system. Using a dog as a home security system can save you loads of money and can deter burglars.

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Provides Entertainment

Dogs are so much fun and can provide hours of laughter, which is a medicine in itself. The process of training dogs is also an incredibly fun, challenging and rewarding journey.

These are just some of the many benefits associated with owning a dog. Not only does owning a dog offer a variety of benefits to your health and well-being, they can save you thousands of dollars on doctor visits, gym memberships and home security systems. Dogs give us unconditional love that is so pure and precious. We should do our best to help the lost and wandering dogs we encounter. These dogs are ready to love and be loved.

What health and therapeutic benefits of owning a dog would you add to this list?

Guest blogger Linda Peterson is the proud owner of a precious Golden Retriever, freelance writer in the health niche and web content coordinator for BabyChangingStation.com. Linda recently surprised her grandparents with a Golden Retriever so they can reap all the amazing benefits of owning a dog.

 

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About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on July 11, 2012, in Awesome, Dogs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Great Post! Dogs are Pure Love with a Comedic Twist:) Have a Great Day!

  2. Very, very interesting. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. Way back in the 1970s when I first read a report about the benefits of dogs, cats, iguanas, and fish, I was in Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at Texas A&M University. I organized an event whereby we would get as many well-behaved cats and dogs as we could and visit the local nursing home with them. You should have seen the smiles on the residents’ faces, the way their bodies came alive, the way they laughed, the sparkle in their eyes……….

    We were invited back, and ultimately it became a monthly service project that is carried on to this day. Not only that, but hundreds of college and university chapters throughout the nation, including many social fraternities, now visit assisted care living facilities with their pets.

    Maybe that’s the one thing in life that I’m most proud of.

  4. What a great story – and great impact that you had on the world. You should be proud of yourself.

    The dog of an old friend and regular reader recently became a certified therapy dog. I look forward to sharing her story here soon.

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