Most of you reading this most likely have a soft spot for animals — whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, lion etc., animals can provide us with a comfort and peace of mind that is unmatched.

The good news is, there is actual scientific evidence that proves owning a pet is healthy for you. Dog owners, listen up, this newsletter is for you.


Dogs improve heart health

Dogs don’t just fill your heart; they actually make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.

Dogs help you lose weight

Research has repeatedly found that daily dog walks help you lose weight, since they force you to into moderate physical activity for 10, 20, and even 30 minutes at a time.

Dogs add meaning and purpose to your life

“They force people to continue to do things,” says Kristi Littrell, Adoption Manager at Best Friends Animal Society claims. “So, even if you’re not feeling well emotionally or physically, the dog doesn’t care. I mean, they care, but they still want you to feed them and take them for a walk.”

Dogs reduce stress

This one seems fairly obvious if you are a dog owner yourself. There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day of work to a loyal and loving companion. Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing.

Dogs aren’t for everyone, but companionship is something we all strive for.


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You can still have the health benefits of owning a pet without actually owning a pet. Get outside, stay active and breathe the fresh air.

Final Thoughts

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”



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