According to studies and research reported by Harvard Health Publications and the American Heart Association, pets are good for our health! Pet ownership in general — and dog ownership in particular — has been associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, a longer lifespan, and many other benefits to both emotional and physical well being. We already knew dogs were great, but this research seals the deal!
- When compared to those without pets, dog owners have a lower incidence of depression
- Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which create a calming and relaxing effect.
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — which are markers of heart disease — than those without pets.
- Pet owners over the age of 65 make 30% fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
- One year-long study found that walking an overweight dog helped both the animals and their owners lose weight.
- Another study found that people who recently acquired a dog walked 30 minutes more a week than they did previously.
Wow! Our furry friends sure do a lot for our health — including offering unconditional love and companionship. Treat them right with a complete and balanced diet based on biologically appropriate raw food and ensure they will thrive along with you for years to come!
Sources: Harvard Health Publications; American Heart Association