Do dogs keep the doctor away?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Owning a Dog Could Decrease Visits to the Doctor

Your dog is more than just a loving companion. He may improve your health and keep you out of the doctor’s office.

Dogs Reduce Stress

Owning a dog can reduce levels of the stress-related chemical, cortisol. Dogs also provide comfort and recovery for people suffering from trauma.

Study Illustrates the Impact Dogs Have on Health

If you have a dog, you know how comforting he can be. Now you have some science to back that up.

  • A study found that dog owners visit the doctor 8% less frequently than non-owners.
  • Cat owners visited even less—12% less frequently.
  • Dog owners have a higher survival rate after a heart attack.

We hope this helped you understand how your dog may improve your health and help keep you out of the doctor’s office.

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