Today’s article is one I found on the Times Of India of all places. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for the people of India, especially those in the tech sector, but until now just never associated it with dog ownership. In any event, I thought this was a really interesting article that gives some reasons to own a dog that might have ever occurred to you.
1. Cancer Sniffers
Your dog can be your ultimate saviour! Apparently, dogs have the unique ability to smell cancer in human bodies. Researchers from Schillerhoehe Hospital in Germany have found that sniffer dogs can detect lung cancer in its early stage. According to case studies, owners whose dogs sniffed or licked a mole/lump on their body or tried to bite the lesion off, discovered after medical checkup that it was cancerous!
2. Heart Healers
If you have an ailing elderly person at your residence without adequate company, a pet is an apt solution. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, cardiologist and nutritionist in his book Heart Sense for Women explains that grief and loneliness can be debilitatingfor heart patients. According to his research, “heart patients who own pets have a higher survival rate than the ones who don’t”. Pet owners over age 65 make 30 per cent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets. No medical bills and absolutely free of side-effects!
3. Psychological Guardians
Pets offer you comfort without asking for anything in return. Connecticut psychologist Herbert Nieburg, author of Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children confirms that, “pet ownership is psychologically beneficial”.
4. Anxiety Killers
Do you suffer from frequent panic attacks? It is time to bring home a pet! Pets not only help lower blood pressure but also reduce anxiety levels. Swallowing anti-depressant pills won’t help; own a dog to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels at check
5. Allergy Terminators, Immunity Boosters
Did you know infants are less likely to be allergy-prone around dogs? According to medical research and studies, with dogs at home, infants are less susceptible to eczema- a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. On the contrary, kids develop a better and stronger immune system! “Dogs are dirty animals, and this suggests that babies who have greater exposure to dirt and allergens have a stronger immune system,” explains, researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
6. Memory Keepers
Alzheimer’s patients suffer fewer anxiety outbursts if they keep dogs for pets. Moreover, there is evidence that AIDS patients show minimum signs of depression if they own a pet!
7. Autism Fighters
Children with learning difficulties are advised by therapists to overcome the adversities of the disorder by communicating with dogs, for they rely on non-verbal cues. Exercising or even playing with dogs can calm nerves and make children have a better cognitive function. They are alert, agile and more responsive!
8. Movers And Shakers
Based on a report by Science Daily, “Dogs help people with rheumatoid arthritis to move more often and help them get their mind off of their condition. Dogs are great motivators to get moving and they sure are good at distracting us from things!”
With them you laugh, learn and love. Bring home a pet and discover the joys for yourself!