Dogs don’t just fill our hearts – they keep our hearts HEALTHY!
Dogs are truly “man’s best friend”. They’re always happy to see us and never criticize or pass judgment on us. They provide unconditional love and companionship, and ask for little in return. They are a member of our family, who provides us with a sense of stability and home. They are also good for your health!
Benefits of Having a Dog:
1) Heart Health
Studies show having a dog lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and decreases triglycerides (the most common form of fat in the body), which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.
2) Keep You Fit & Active
While experts recommend 2 1/2 hours of exercise a week, pet owners naturally come close to that goal with dog walking and dog activities.
3) Reduced Stress
Pets help lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that help us reduce stress.
4) A Natural Anti-Depressant
With all of the benefits above, pet owners are less prone to depression. Having a dog can increase your social life and help is your overall well-being!
5) A True Companion
Dog’s are our constant companion–always “being there” for us, providing unconditional love and companionship…a loyal and true best friend!