Coming home after a long and stressful day and being greeted by a wagging tail, you instantly feel happier. Not only does your own experience show this, but so does research. Scientific evidence shows that having a dog in your family improves your health and well-being.
Here are some of the ways your canine companion is improving your well-being:
- More exercise: Research shows that people living with a dog walk more than others – approximately 20 minutes more per day – resulting in lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Relaxation: Spending time with your animal and petting them is an instant de-stressor. It releases feel-good hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, while lowering the stress hormone cortisol.
- Social interaction: Pets can help you connect with other people, whether a new neighbour strikes up a conversation about your dog, or you get to know the regulars at the dog park.
- Sense of purpose: Even if you don’t want to get up in the morning, your dog jumping on the bed wanting to go outside is a motivator. With this sense of belonging and value, those who have dogs are generally happier, more trusting and less lonely.
- Longer life: Various studies have shown that those with furry friends live longer than those without, likely due to the exercise and the close bond developed.
Your dog improves your health, so it’s important for you to protect theirs. One potential health danger for both humans and canines is parasites, such as fleas, ticks and worms.
Talk to your veterinary team about an all-in-one option that protects your dog, and your family, against both internal and external parasites.
Find more information about protecting your furry friend’s health at parasitepolice.ca.