1. Less family doctor visits
A large study conducted in Australia and Germany and published in the Australian Social Monitor in 2012, found that people who raise animals (dogs, cats or fish) are generally healthier and visit doctors less often than those without pets. The study, which included 12,000 people, found that the frequency of dog and cat owners' visits to the doctor and the frequency of their hospitalizations was 15% lower compared to people who did not raise animals.
2. Decrease in heart issues
A study published in the journal Anthrozoos in 2018 examined the effect of petting dogs on the elderly. It was found that petting dogs and interacting with them reduced participants' blood pressure and heart rate, and that the greatest effect was among participants with systolic blood pressure higher than 130 mm Hg. The researchers concluded that pet care could be used as a tool to lower blood pressure and heart rate. The heart, therefore, should also be considered as a tool to prevent and delay the onset of heart disease in adults, as well as to reduce the use of medications in these conditions, which are known to have side effects. For improvement in physiological indicators, dog care has made the elderly feel better and they reported a reduction in stress and condition. A more uplifting spirit
3. The risk of cardiovascular disease will be reduced
Many studies have demonstrated that raising a cat and cat contributes to heart health when it comes to healthy people. However, it is not clear whether this move also has a positive effect on heart patients and the research findings are contradictory. Some studies have found that the risk of death from heart disease in heart patients who raise a dog is low compared to pet-free ones, and on the other hand, there are studies that have not found proof of this
4. The level of loneliness will decrease and mental resilience will increase
Many studies have found that social support and social relationships reduce depression and feelings of loneliness and contribute to overall health and well-being. Another study published in 2011 in the scientific journal Psychology Journal of Personality and Social Psychology sought to examine whether a person's best friend - the dog - can fulfill the sense of social belonging similar to the support people provide to each other. The answer was yes. It has been found that raising a dog gives a sense of social belonging and that people who raise a dog suffer less from depression, feel less lonely and happier in general
5. More opportunities to exercise
It seems that research does not need to be done to know that dog owners are more physically active compared to those who do not breed a dog - after all, every dog needs several daily walks to defecate. But a study published in the journal Scientific Reports and involving 1,280 participants found that raising a dog would bring you closer to a goal of 150 minutes of exercise a week - the recommended goal of maintaining health by health authorities around the world, which quite a few of us fail to reach
6. Get out of the house more
More and more of us now spend most of our time between four walls - getting out of the house in the morning, getting in the car, getting to the office, and at the end of the day returning to stay again between four walls in the house. Lack of time outdoors has many health consequences, including a lack of vitamin D, obesity and more. A recent study published in the journal BMJ examined how much time dog owners spend time outdoors compared to people without a dog. Dog owners were found to spend four more hours outdoors a week compared to dog-free ones
7. Spend more time in nature
Spending time in a green park has many benefits, especially when it comes to mood, mental focus and energy. A study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning tracked 1,187 adults aged 49 on average, and 755 children aged nine on average. Dog owners were found to spend half an hour more in the park a week compared to dog-free ones. It was also found that during their stay in the park, dog owners performed moderate-intensity physical activity (running or brisk walking with the dog), while visitors to the park without the dog were more likely to sit or walk slowly that is not considered physical activity. In conclusion, the researchers recommended the establishment of additional parks in urban areas as a means of encouraging the dog-owning population to exercise more.