Want to improve your overall health? Get a dog!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I would thoroughly recommend getting a dog to anyone. I love dogs and can’t get enough of their adorable antics. However I would 100% recommend dog ownership in terms of health as well cuteness factor. First of all. having a dog significantly reduces your stress levels. There really isn’t anything that like that slobbery, excitable welcome home to lift your spirits. No doubt that owning a dog has numerous benefits for your mental health and personal well being. Like many Writers, I often work from home and my loveable furry best friend helps me combat the creeping loneliness that this can sometimes entail.  Dogs are in fact increasingly used as a form of therapy to help those who have suffered from trauma.

Having a dog is also completely brilliant for your physical health. As you take care of your dog, you are also taking care of your own body. This is perfect for those who want to get into the routine of taking regular, relaxing exercise everyday. According to research conducted by The University of Victoria, dog owners are much more likely to partake in mild to moderate exercise and walk much further on a weekly basis than those who do not own a dog. Getting out in the fresh air to walk your dog is a fantastic and rather uplifting form of exercise. Dog walking lowers blood pressure, improves cardiovascular health and will lower your risk of heart problems. Over time, your muscles and bones will be strengthened and will allow you to be more mobile and active long term.    

Dogs also seem to arrive complete with a medical degree. They can detect cancer and they will let their owners know through sniffing pointedly at the tumour. This amazing sixth sense like capability has led to many people being able to detect and successfully treat the early stages of cancer. Some dogs can also detect low blood sugar levels which is perfect for those living with conditions such as diabetes.    



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