As man’s best friend, dogs can also help keep their owners healthy. The American Heart Association brought together a panel of heart-disease experts who determined that having a dog or cat can indeed lower the risk of heart disease.2
Stemming from decreases in blood pressure, increases in exercise and even boosting anti-stress hormones to combat stressful or traumatic situations, being a pet owner has shown to provide a multitude of cardiovascular benefits. Dr. Glenn N. Levine, the head of the committee, states there are “psychological, sociological and physiological reasons to believe that pet ownership might actually have a causal role in decreasing cardiovascular risk.”1
However, data also suggests it isn’t enough simply to own a pet but that you have to be active with them in order to achieve the health benefits. So keep your (and your pet’s) endorphins flowing and take them out for a daily
1) O’Connor, Anahad. (2013, May 10). Owning a Dog is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk. The New York Times. pp. A14.
2) Time Magazine. (2014). Having a Pet May Bring a Cardio Benefit. Time, 100 New Health Discoveries, page 12.
Share This Article