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Everybody’s best friend

posted May 2, 2016, 9:59 AM by Jessica Mies

As a dogless dog lover, my life can be a struggle. I love watching videos about dogs, and I love seeing them when I’m out and about. I have a dream of owning several dogs one day. Not only will I get to enjoy my dogs and love them, but dogs are also good to have for health reasons.

First of all, the researchers at the American Heart association found that having a dog can reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease. There is also animal-assisted therapy. This therapy has been linked to the reduction of anxiety, pain, and depression for people who have a range of mental and physical problems.

Dogs can also keep you on the move. According to Active.com, researches at Michigan State University found that dog owners are 34% more likely to achieve 150 minutes of walking per week than non-dog owners.

Dogs also make you happier by just being their happy dog selves. Petting your dog leads to the release of the hormones oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin, also known as “happy hormones”.

These aren’t even half of the benefits that dogs can give you. May is National Pet Month, and what better way to celebrate by adopting a dog through a local shelter? So, add that little extra something in your life and adopt your own dog.
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