Approximately 35% of Canadian households own a dog and 38% own a cat.
In addition to offering much-needed companionship, they can somehow instantly turn a bad day, into a good one.
The world of science recently revealed that pets offer mental and physical benefits. More specifically, our furry friends help boost our overall health and well-being. here is why:
1. Improve cardio vascular health.
Pets are known to helps regulate your blood pressure, lower resting heart rate. Furthermore, since they encourage individuals to be more active, they help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Cholesterol and fat build-up have been linked to the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. This is true of cat and dog owners alike. According to Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, owning a pet lowers the risk of developing heart disease. Furthermore pet owners tend to recover from an increased heart rate episode much faster.
2. Reduce stress
Research shows that people who own pets tend to experience less stress than non pet owner. Pets tend to trigger production of oxytocin and seratonin. These feel good hormones cause attachment and have a calming effect on the entire body. A study done by the American Roentgen Ray Society shows that petting a dog 15 min reduces anxiety – so next time you have to go to the dentist, pet your dog first!
3. Help depression.
This can be attributed to the increased activity of walking your dog, the unconditional love they give, the fact you have someone to talk to and/or the lower cortisol levels production they trigger (a stress hormone). Pets also help reduce loneliness and improves your mood.
4. Pets help exercise and fitness.
Owning a pet can be the solution to inactivity the lack of motivation. Pets need to exercise and are also good workout companions. Studies show that people who own a dog walk an average of 30 minutes more that non dog owner. Even going to the park to play catch can help you move more. If you own a cat, playing with her also makes you more active. This in turn can help you burn more calories and loose weight, improve strength and endurance.
5. Help reduce allergies.
A study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy show that children who are exposed to pets an an early age tend to have less allergies. The earlier children are exposed and the less likely they are to develop allergies as they grow older. In other words, pets help boost your immune system.
6. Better cognitive health
Older people who own dogs tend to have better cognitive health. They also exhibit greater physical strength and abilities.
Pets can offer tremendous benefits to different individuals regardless of their age group. Dr Michele Morissette, certified animal chiropractor helps the neuromusculosqueletal health of your pets in order to keep your pet active. For more information contact Ottawa animal chiropractic.