Puppies Are Good for Us for 5 Reasons

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We live with because they make us happy, but did you realize that have health benefits? Several studies have confirmed what puppy enthusiasts already know: are excellent for humans!

Puppies Reduce Stress

Puppies may be even more helpful in stressful situations. This "pet effect" doesn't even require your dog to be present. It's enough to know he'll be waiting for you at home. Petting and caressing any nice dog or cat decreases blood pressure, so if you don't have a pet, consider volunteering at a shelter or visiting a neighbor. Petting your own animals, on the other hand, is very effective.

Allergies are less likely to develop in infants and children who grow up with puppies and kittens. Dogs can also help you avoid cardiovascular problems.

Puppies Improve Childhood Development

Pet ownership may benefit a child's or adolescent's emotional, cognitive, behavioral, educational, and social development, according to current studies. Aline and Robert Kidd conducted research that found that children from pet-loving homes have better cognitive, social, and motor development. The Companion Animal Bonding Scale was created by another researcher, Robert Poretsky. The higher a preschool child's score on this measuring instrument, the better their overall development and empathy scores were.

Puppies Reduce Doctor Visits

According to a study conducted by British researcher Dr. James Serpell, senior citizens had 50% fewer minor medical problems such as painful joints, hay fever, insomnia, constipation, anxiety, indigestion, colds and flu, general tiredness, palpitations or breathlessness, back pain, and headaches just one month after getting a dog or cat.

People who have had a heart attack and have pets heal faster and live longer than those who have not had a heart attack. When we are anxious, those of us who live with a cherished puppy or other pet have half the blood pressure rise as those who do not.

Puppies Increase Exercise

Keeping up with the new puppy can be a challenge. Chasing him around the house and yard, though, has other benefits.

Increased exercise is a component of the pet effect. Dogs will not accept "no" for a response, nor will they let you sleep late if the food dish is empty, and you can't disregard the puppy's requirements as you can a gym subscription. Anxiety, boredom, and sadness are all alleviated by exercise. You'll feel better if you set out time each day to play with your dog.

Pets keep us connected socially, too. Walking the dog or talking about your puppy at the pet food aisle at the grocery encourages contact that keeps us interested in life and other people.

Puppies Relieve Pain and Anxiety

PET scan (positron emission tomography) is an imaging test that aids physicians in detecting biochemical changes that are used to diagnose and monitor a variety of health disorders. These studies reveal that stroking a pet causes the brain's pain-processing areas to shut down. Petting your puppy helps pain and reduces anxiety without the negative side effects of Valium. In other words, having a dog on your lap can help you feel better.

When we talk about the affection we have for our dogs, we frequently use the term "the bond." Because changes in brain chemicals impact cognition and attitudes, science can actually test this pet effect. Elation, safety, tranquillity, contentment, satisfaction, and even love are all triggered by these hormones.

Of course, if your dog is an untrained juvenile criminal, he may elevate your blood pressure by chewing on unlawful things or having accidents in the house. But it's all worth it in the end. Never underestimate the effects of the pet effect on you and your dog. Consider acquiring a puppy as a furry prescription, and you'll both be eligible for the benefits.


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