The connection between humans and canines goes back a long way and has evolved over time. Here are ways how both species have contributed immensely to each others growth and well being.
Sharing your home with a furry pet, dogs in particular, has been known to increase immunity against allergies, asthma, etc. in infants and children. Even when a pregnant woman lives with a dog, it is said that her child is less likely to develop allergies. A study published in 2004 by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology states that children in the presence of dogs, particularly so around the time they are born, experience heightened immune development and reduced vulnerability to certain allergies.
Scientists don’t know why, but it may be due to an immune system boost at a critical stage in our development by the bacteria on dog’s bodies.
Living with your fur buddy can do amazingly positive things to your mood and stress factors. This is more so in an emergency, at work or during a crisis. The International Journal of Workplace Health Management states in a 2012 study that dogs in the workplace help reduce stress and increase job satisfaction. Especially for dog owners, who tend to take more breaks and get energized when they resume work.
Hanging out with your furry friend not only reduces stress, but also reduces cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Resulting in fewer heart attacks and better cardiovascular health. Dog owners have better survival rates even after a heart attack. Just pet your pet for that feel good feeling!