Dogs & Your Health–Post One

Dogs have long been used to help people.  From police dogs to military dogs to therapy and service dogs, they have been invaluable to us in many ways.  In the medical arena, they are being utilized more and more to detect subtle changes in a person’s body that can lead up to seizures, and studies are now being conducted regarding how they can help detect cancer.  I think most dog owners would agree that their lives are better for having their four-legged companions, but did you know that they can also help you to be healthier?

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Me with Sassy, post-mastectomy and pre-reconstruction.

Studies have shown that people with dogs tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to have heart disease than their non-dog-owning counterparts.   The simple act of petting a dog can greatly reduce stress levels and dog owners who walk, run, play fetch and do other activities with their dogs tend to be healthier all around.   They help us to reach out and connect with others, as is seen in this video from Pedigree‘s latest Feed The Good campaign.  I was lucky enough to view this at the recently-held BlogPaws conference, at which Mark Johnson, the President of Mars Petcare US spoke about the campaign.

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Has your dog helped you be more social?  More active?  We’d love to hear your stories!  We would love to have some guest bloggers share their stories of how their dog(s) helped them to deal with a certain situation, be it medical or emotional.   If you would be interested in contributing to our 4-part series Dogs & Your Health (to be featured each Friday in the month of June), send us an email.  We’d love to hear from you!

Source credits:  NY Times, US National Library Of Medicine

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7 Comments

    1. Rama's Mama June 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Wonderful! I’m going to go and read your post right now!

  1. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) June 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    We HAVE to exercise our dogs each day, so they make sure that I get my exercise. It’s amazing and there’s so much research out there now about how much they help us physically, mentally, etc.

  2. maggie rose gray June 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    That is a wonderful commercial!

    There is no doubt in my mind that adopting my dog has made me healthier emotionally and mentally. Having her around has helped me deal with the feeling of sadness and displacement that resulted from a big move. It’s hard to feel depressed or lonely when a loving dog is wiggling with joy to see you!

    1. Rama's Mama June 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Very true, Maggie!