Sorry, fake news. Just trying to get your attention.
But there’s no doubting that ownership of a dog can be a tangible benefit to your health.
As Caroline Kramer said recently: “As a dog owner myself, I can say that adopting Romeo has increased my steps and physical activity each day, and he has filled my daily routine with joy and unconditional love.” Well, Caroline is no ordinary dog-owner. As Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, she happens to be a world expert in the study of the health effects of pet ownership.
Her studies have reinforced the notion that owning a dog makes a measurable improvement to your health. The recognised benefits of dog ownership include reduced risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis in children exposed to pets in early childhood. According to various studies over the years, dog ownership in adults is associated with lower blood pressure levels, improved lipid profiles, and better adaptation to stress. Other studies link dog ownership with a 24% reduced risk of “all-cause mortality” and a 31% lower risk of death by heart attack or stroke. Furthermore, dog ownership is associated with markedly lower levels of early death for heart attack or stroke survivors living alone.
Little wonder that dogs are increasingly been used to accompany patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
Of course, it’s not proven that dogs are the medical determinant of better health. It may well be a result of what it means to have a dog, such as increasing your physical activity and alleviating loneliness(which itself is linked to early death). Whatever is the case, the evidence is mounting: having a dog is good for you!
BREAKING NEWS A study just released from the University of Florida has linked dog ownership with reducing the slice in your golf swing (made this up as well).
JOKE OF THE WEEK
A woman walks into a psychoanalyst’s office and says, “doctor, my husband thinks he’s a dog! I don’t know what to do! Please help.”
The doctor replies, “Okay, have him get on the couch.”
The woman snaps back, “No, no, he’s not allowed on the couch!”