College of DuPage Nursing Student Casen Camarillo shared with Healthy Lombard that it’s no secret dogs are man’s best friend, but recently the health benefits of pet companionship have become more apparent. Zooey, is the term associated with the human health benefits of pet ownership and the positive effects on your physical and emotional health. Interacting with a companion animal releases a hormone called oxytocin which is linked to decreased stress, blood pressure, anxiety levels, and depression symptoms.
The improvement they have on a person’s mental health condition is the reason why dogs are used as therapy and companion animals. They also give the owner motivation and a sense of accomplishment while caring for their pet. Increased social interaction, self-confidence, memory, and learning is another great reason why a person of any age can benefit from dog ownership.
Another great reason is health behavioral change. Walking is integrated into the care of your furry friend, and it actually has more health benefits than you think. Walking, running, or any other form of exercise you do with your dog decreases your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer. Owning a dog encourages regular exercise, which helps promote and maintain weight loss. Both species benefit from this relationship.
While you provide a loving home and care for them, you receive the health benefits that can come with dog companionship. The sense of parental pride, emotional attachment, social well being that arise benefit people from every age group.