For most of us, as dog owners and lovers, we know there are a great many benefits to owning a dog. Or in my case, being owned by two dogs! 😀
Came across this great acticle that talks about the benefits og owning a dog with a touch of ‘God’ thrown in. Thanks Crosswalk.com!
A flurry of studies have crossed my path recently about the benefits of owning a dog. Writer Elizabeth Scott from about.com compiled some recent studies outlining the benefits of having a dog around around the domicile. Here are some highlights.
- Pets Control Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs: Yes, itâ€™s true. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they arenâ€™t as effective on controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. However, in a study, groups of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didnâ€™t get pets.
- Pets Stave Off Loneliness and Provide Unconditional Love: Pets can be there for you in ways that people canâ€™t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snugglers. And they could be the best antidote to loneliness. In fact, research shows that nursing home residents reported less loneliness when visited by dogs than when they spent time with other people!
- Pets Can Reduce Stressâ€”Sometimes More Than People: While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend whoâ€™s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Recent research shows that, when conducting a task thatâ€™s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present!