Posted on Jul 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
Article courtesy of : Nicholas DiNubile MD, who is devoted to keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” ~ Aldous Huxley
Everyone knows they are man’s best friend, but we now know new reasons, beyond companionship and a paw to lean on, that dogs, or really any pet, are important to so many individuals. In fact, when you get home today you probably should give a special thanks to your pet for making you healthier.
Pet owners seem to have fewer illnesses and recover quicker when they do get sick. They handle stress better and experience less depression. Petting your dog or cat not only lowers their pulse rate and blood pressure but also yours. If you have suffered a heart attack, you have an easier recovery and better survival rate if you own a dog. If there is a pet in the house, diabetics do better controlling their blood sugar and individuals who have had surgery or cancer seem to have a better recovery. Pets can be great for children as well. Not only do they gain a loyal friend, but also in caring for and raising a pet they can learn responsibility. Although some children have pet allergies, a recent study showed that babies who live in homes with two or more dogs and cats are much less likely to develop allergies than children in pet free homes.
Some pets also can be a great exercise machine. Unlike those bikes and steppers that collect dust in the basement, dogs will assure that daily walk or two. It’s good for both of you.
The pet-human health connection is quite strong, but we don’t exactly know why. I’m sure it’s about the relationship and friendship that develops. Dogs, cats, fish, horses, turtles — there are so many choices to match your situation and personality. If it’s just not possible for you to own one, then visit a friend’s or at least watch Animal Planet. Learn more about them and show your appreciation for all they do for us.
“Take Rx Pet.” That’s the prescription of Walter M. Bortz, II, MD, a longevity expert, who believes that a pet is both a fine doctor and a dear friend.
About the author:
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, is Vice President of the A4M, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, best selling author, keynote speaker, and one of our esteemed medical editors who is dedicated to keeping you healthy in body, mind and spirit. Dr. DiNubile was appointed Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1st Bush Administration with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman). He has advised two United States Presidents on matters of health and health policy, and has cared for numerous celebrities and high level athletes.