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Why Having a Dog is Good for Your Health

A dog owner knows that dogs improve the quality of life of their owners

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A dog owner knows that dogs improve the quality of life of their owners. The pets provide warmth and comfort in addition to health benefits to the household. As a dog handler or a volunteer, there is a guarantee of you seeing the improvements in your wellbeing.

Find out how owning a dog can help improve your life as long as you give it proper diet, plenty of exercise, and keep its environment clean. Here are some benefits of owning a dog:

1. Maintain Your Fitness Levels

An adult should at least spend two hours a week working out and staying active. Walk your dog outside the compound to keep them active as you maintain your muscles as well. Mobility works well for both dogs and humans such that as you grow older, you will not have much to bother your doctor.

2. Having a Dog is Good for Your Heart

Dogs will make your heart feel fonder. Having a pet as a companion helps you lower blood cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and decrease the levels of triglyceride in your body. When all these are in check, chances of having a heart attack are minimal.

3. Improve on Weight Management

The most convenient way to lose weight is to get hold of your canine friend and start jogging. Dogs also enjoy running up and down when they see you on the track.

4. Give your Social Life a Tick

Age sometimes catches up with us and makes it hard to meet and socialize. Dog owners are easy to befriend when there is a community event featuring dog activities. It is easy to find dog owners who are extroverts and outgoing. They are always ready to share stories about their human companions.

5. Have an Extra Meaning and Purpose to Your Life

Owning a dog forces its owners to keep building or repairing their structures hence doing something for the dog. There is always something to keep you active such as feeding, taking them for a walk, etc.

Dogs will take away your loneliness, which helps keep off disorders relating to cognitive diseases. When you wake up in the morning, you focus on your needs and the dogs, giving more reason to live for another day.

6. Help Battle Diseases or Injuries

Some dogs are trained to detect ailments that affect the kidneys, prostate, issues arising from cancer, and bladder problems. People with diabetes can have dogs that sense fluctuating levels of blood in the sugar to ensure owners do not miss a dose of insulin.

Service dogs serve people with traumas, autism, and arthritis. People with mobility issues and self-reliance will find these dogs helpful.

7. Keep off Depression

A person with a dog will be less prone to depression because dogs only want to play and so joining them seems to be the only way. The therapy dogs help relieve symptoms of depression for different age groups from the young, the sick, the old, and the healthy.

Conclusion

A person who does not own a dog lives a sedentary lifestyle in comparison to pet owners. If you are ready to own a dog, look at your age, mobility factors, and always make sure to avoid steps that lead to dangerous falls.

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