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Infographic: 22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

By Hausofpaws @hausofpaws

Did you know that owning a dog has so many benefits that one of them is that they can make you healthier? Researchers are now discovering the many ways that dogs have contributed to the well-being of their owners from lowering blood pressure to helping you fight allergies. In the following infographic, you will see 22 ways how our pooches are helping us everyday.

22 WAYS

1. ENHANCING YOUR MOOD
Having a hard day at work? Has stress gotten the best of you? It's hard to be in a bad mood when you have a dog. They reduce anxiet and can help your body lower cortisol (bad mood chemical) and release serotonin (good mood chemical).

2. FEWER ALLERGIES
Studies have shown that kids who grow up in homes with dogs are less likely to develop allergies

3. BETTER HEART HEALTH
They say that dog owners have better recovery rates from heart attacks and a lower mortality rate from cardiac arrest.

4. CONTRIBUTES TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
In stressful situations interactions with dogs have been known to lower blood pressure.

5. K EEPING YOU ACTIVE
Walking your dog is a given. Dog owners tend to get more exercise than non-dog owners with just 30 minutes of walking you can realize the benefits of physical activity.

6. HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL
Dog owners tend to have a lower cholesterol and triglyceride level (some researchers believe it's due to being more active)

7. FIGHTS DEPRESSION
Petting a dog can fight depression. The very act of caring for a pet releases serotonin and dopamine, which helps combat depression.

8. THERAPY FROM A CANINE
There are many counselors who use dogs in therapy and organizations who utilize service dogs to help individuals with disabilities.

9. ADVOCATE IN CANCER RESEARCH
There is research being conducted on cancer for both humans and in dogs and the types are similiar. This benefits everyone.

10. SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Pet owners are enthusiastic individuals, they enjoy talking with other pet owners and their dogs are great conversation starters - this is another great way to meet people.

11. STRONGER BONES IN DOG OWNERS
Dog walking is considered to be a lightly active weight-bearing activity, which helps strengthen both joints and muscles.

12. BLOOD SUGAR MONITOR
Dogs can detect blood sugar crashes. With special training, some dogs can smell when their owner's blood sugar begins to crash, alert them that it's time for snack.

13. AN AID TO DATING
Did you know that there is a large dating community for dog owners?owners? There are various online sites that specialize in the matching of dog owners seeking other dog owners.

14. AN AID TO ADHD PATIENTS
Those who suffer from ADHD can be helped by our four-legged friends! They can help with focus, stress, exercise, releasing of excess energy and falling asleep.

15. LISTENERS FOR APHASIA
Aphasia, a language disorder, leaves many afflicted with the disorder with difficulty to speak and understand speech. Dogs can help boost a patient's confidence when they are able to understand a variety of commands through training.

16. THE WARM TOUCH
Snuggling up with your dog can help provide relief from chronic pain with their naturally occurring body heat.

17. SENSORY STIMULI FOR AUTISM
The friendly, loving softness of a dog can help an autistic child get used to the feeling of things against their skin and provide them with a sense of safety in overwhelming situations.

18. CANCER DETECTORS
Dogs can be trained to detect cancer by sniffing it out the same way they can be trained to sniff drugs. '

19. ARTHRITIS THERAPY
Individuals with arthritis can benefit from light exercise by throwing a Frisbee with their pooch.

20. STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
Studies have shown children brought up with dogs gives them a few immune chemicals, resulting in a stronger immune system.

21. SEIZURE ALERT
Another remarkable ability that dogs have is their ability to be trained to bark if their owner is experiencing a seizure, and some are even trained to help prevent injury when their owners are experiencing a seizure episode.

22. CALMING
Dogs can help fight depression among owners and the sick just through interaction on a regular basis.

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