Are Dogs the Answer to our Health Problems?

Who doesn’t love seeing a new video pop up on your social media feed of adorable puppies playing around? What if I told you that having one of those puppies could improve your health? Scientific studies have proven that having a dog can improve not only your mental health, but physical health as well. For instance,  the American Kennel Club states, “Besides the obvious benefits of being more active and getting outside more often when playing with a dog, several studies have suggested that children who have dogs have a decreased chance of developing allergies.” Aside from the clear emotional happiness that can come from the bond you form with your dog, there are added benefits that could help you long term. American Humane supports his statement when saying, “According to the American Heart Association, dog owners are 54% more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise than their non-dog owning counterparts. As a result, and due to a stronger immune system from being exposed to pet fur and dandruff, many dog owners see a decrease in blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels, making them less at risk for heart disease.” Not to mention, dogs can help alleviate stress, increase serotonin and dopamine levels, and ultimately lead to having less anxiety.

Many believe having a dog is an overall excellent decision, however, some individuals continue to question whether it’s a wise idea. For example, having a dog can be very expensive! Combined with the costs for going to the vet, pet insurance, and making sure you have the proper necessities to keep your dog happy, the money can add up pretty quick. Those costs of having a dog alone can deter potential buyers/adopters. Some also believe that having a dog means you have to stop traveling, but that’s not necessarily true! There are plenty of options for where to keep your dog when you decide to take that long-awaited vacation. Including pet sitters, boarding, having them stay with a friend/neighbor, or just bringing them with you! There are plenty of hotels that are pet-friendly, and this option allows you to not only keep your mind at ease, but your puppy’s as well. So, if you have the means to provide for a cute pup, then the health benefits speak for themselves!