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If you have a dog, you probably can’t wait to go home to him at the end of the day. You feel that your pup’s excitable personality and adventure seeking spirit bring out the explorer in you. At the same time, you tend to feel calmer when you’re around your furry friend, especially after you cuddle with him. It’s true what they say, a dog is a man’s best friend. Not only does your pup provide companionship, but he also improves your health.

Stay Active

It’s no secret that dogs love the outdoors. Even when they’re in the car, they can’t resist sticking their head out the window. Taking your pup for a quick run around the block gives him the chance to get out some energy, and makes you more active as well. Playing fetch with your dog, or taking him for a walk, is also good exercise for your mental and physical health.

Relieve Stress

Blame it on their lovable personalities, but dogs help us relax. Studies have shown that blood pressure in humans goes down when we’re petting a dog. People with pups also experience less cardiovascular reactivity during times of stress. Perhaps that’s why more and more dog owners are registering their pup as an emotional support animal. It’s a fact, dogs make us calmer.

Protect from Heart Disease

Walking your dog comes with benefits, according to the American Heart Association, owning a dog reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies show that dog owners tend to report greater amounts of physical activity, and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Also, our pup’s ability to reduce stress makes our heart healthier; therefore, helping us live a longer life.

Boost Your Mood

Not only can your pup help relieve stress, but also reduce anxiety and depression, as well as ease loneliness. Your dog is very much attuned to you and your emotions, he’ll watch your body language and gestures and listen to the tone of your voice. If your pup is loyal, he’ll try to figure out the best way to soothe you. In fact, one of the best ways to feel better if you’re feeling down is by playing with your dog. Playtime with your pup elevates levels of serotonin and dopamine.

If you’re a dog owner, you’re one step further than most in leading a healthy life. However, your pup’s health is just as important as yours, so schedule an appointment for your pooch today at Oceanside Veterinary Clinic.