The 10 Health Benefits Of Dogs (And One Health Risk)

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Dogs have been man’s best friend since time immemorial. Human beings have gained much more from dogs besides protection.

Key takeaways:

  • Dogs can help their owners to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart attack, and overall cardiovascular health.
  • Dogs help people, especially the elderly, to improve their social life. People tend to open up about their pet and are generally extroverted when walking their dogs.
  • Spending time with a dog will help to reduce anxiety, maintain blood pressure levels, and improve well-being. In effect, all these will lead to reduced stress levels.

Health experts recommend that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes worth of moderate exercise per week. Dog owners are way more likely to hit that goal. “People love to be outside to walk their dog, and be with their dog,” says Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS, a Washington-based animal advocacy organization. “It helps them be more active.”

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