Why do dog owners live longer?
Its been often said that dog owners like me live longer . Do you think this is true and if so why do you think they live longer?
A while back I read an article on why the "old cat lady" lives longer, and I would think the same principle applies to dog owners (of any age).
Humans are meant to be social beings (even the most shy people have moments of wanting some sort of interaction) and having someone, even an animal who doesn't talk to us, keeps our brains active as opposed to driving ourselves insane in a lonely home.
With a dog, they still require love and attention, and you can't help but play a game of tug-of-war or fetch or to take them for a walk down the street or around the block. These activities, of course, will keep you physically active as well, which helps your heart.
Because most people who own a dog in an urban environment have to walk the dog - probably twice a day, and consequently getting healthy exercise as a result. Dog-walking requires more exercise on the owner's part than merely replacing the contents of the litter box when you own a cat.
Studies have proven that pets have a positive effect on our lives. You are taking care of your pet, as much as your pet is taking care of you.
We often don't realize the medical benefits we receive from owning, walking, feeding and loving our pets. Pets foster feelings of love and security, they also help lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress level. Both cat and dog owners enjoy the same benefits.
Some people may be lacking in social circles, and have fewer opportunities for recreation and activity. A cuddly cat on their lap or a dog filled with joy upon their return home is very therapeutic to the soul.
And if one does not have the resources it takes to own a cat or dog, you may find it interesting knowing that fish rate high as therapeutic pets as well.
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