The Mood Boosting Benefits of Owning a Dog
Did you know that owning a dog can help to boost your mood and it can make you happier and healthier overall
They say that dogs are man's best friend. The beauty of owning a dog lies in the fact they are the most loyal animals. Most dogs will protect and stay loyal to their owners right up until their dying day. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the benefits of having a dog as a pet.
All Pets Can Boost Your Health
The truth is, all pets can boost your health. There are several health benefits of having a pet. Here are some of the most well-known benefits:
Some studies have shown that pet owners have a reduced risk of suffering from depression or any other mood disorder associated with depression.
Studies have also shown that pet owners, not just dog owners are less likely to suffer from hypertension and those that do have it generally have lower blood pressure than those who don't own pets.
When you spend time with your pet your body produces more oxytocin which is a hormone that acts a pain reliever, a mood booster and it reduces feelings of panic and anxiety. In fact, oxytocin is the hormone that is released when you give birth and when you hold your baby for the first time skin to skin, your body produces oxytocin too.
Also, when you spend time playing with your pet, your body also produces more serotonin and dopamine which boost your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Therefore, having a pet can help to reduce overall feelings of stress.
Owning a pet can reduce your risk of heart disease as studies have shown that pet owners have less harmful cholesterol, which can can reduce or increase your chances of getting heart-related diseases.
Studies also show that if you have a pet and you have suffered a heart attack, you are more likely to survive than someone who doesn't own a pet.
Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
Elderly pet owners get sick less often too which is great!
My Experience Owning a Dog
Owning a dog has helped me in the following ways:
When I was 21, I was diagnosed with mild anxiety disorder. It quickly got worse over the years though and I was given medication to take. However, I eventually stopped taking the medication due to allergies. When I got my first dog, after a few weeks, I stopped having panic attacks. I still get panic attacks once in a while but its' very rare.
Just as my anxiety has improved, my depression has greatly improved too. One thing about me, when I fall into a depressive state, I spiral down to a point where I can't get out of bed at times. However, When I got my dog, I noticed an improvement in my depression because I would have to get up to take him for a walk every day. He would bark at my door to go for a walk every day. Which helped me to get out there and stop being a social recluse. I am happy to say that I am off medication and I am able to manage my depression without taking pills. This is great news for me because I never thought I would be able to stop taking the pills. I owe it all to my dogs.
When I feel anxious, I can't sleep. I have tried everything including sleeping pills and essential oils and none of those things actually worked for me. Now, I don't take anything for my insomnia, I feel much calmer which makes it easier for me to sleep.
Improved My Social Interaction
I used to spend a lot of time in the house by myself. Now that I have a dog, I have to take him for walks every day. I go to the dog park which is the perfect place to make new friends.
I Rarely Get Sick
I can't be sure if owning a dog has helped me with my physical health but I rarely get sick these days.
No More Alopecia
I suffered from severe alopecia due to stress. I no longer have alopecia, I am happy to say that.
I have also lost weight because I go for long walks every day with my dog. This helped me to shed the excess pounds.
You see, owning a dog can really help to boost your mental and physical health. If you were thinking about getting a dog, you should certainly consider it now that you know some of the physical, emotional and mental health benefits associated with having a dog or any other pet for that matter.