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22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier - Guest author Perrin Carrell

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Your dog may be able to keep your doctor away better than any apple. Okay, maybe not quite as well (and you still need to go to the doctor), but it’s pretty close. I’m not pulling your leg here; there are some pretty major physiological and psychological benefits you get just by being a dog parent.

For example, did you know that dog owners consistently report lower blood pressure than non-dog owners—especially in stressful situations (the even crazier part is that in some cases, dogs lower blood pressure more effectively than actual blood pressure medication!)?

Here’s another: did you know that dogs can be trained to detect certain forms of cancer just by sniffing your breath? One dog named Panda (a lab) correctly identified colorectal cancer in 33 out of 38 patients. She literally saved a few lives!

Or, how would you react if I told you that dog owners tend to have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels even though they’re more likely to be drinkers and have more of a penchant for fast food?

Pretty cool, right?

And it’s not just speculation. There’s good, hard science to back it up. Below, you can see a run-down of some of the awesome ways your pup contributes to your health, and if you’d like to see some of the more detailed science, you can find it in the original article at HerePup.com.

Anyways, enjoy!

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HerePup is a blog happily run by Perrin and his fiancé, Michelle. Their pup, Chewie, is the CEO and mascot of the site. Their mission is to cover anything that helps people become better dog owners, including tips, reviews, funny stories, and interviews. Most of all, they love meeting other dog people and hope you’ll stop by!

 

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BBJanet

Me too~ Totally agree with that. Jogging with my dog always makes me radiant. He is French Bulldog. And always sticks his tongue out when running, and saliva splashes everywhere. LOL
Here is the photo of him :)

PuppyScene

Great infographic! I absolutely agree with the notion that dogs help increase our moods. Anytime I have a rough day at work, I come home and see my dog running around with her toy wagging her tail. Instantly makes my day better!

Jason

Lovely looking graphic there Perrin, makes the information really stand out!

Norges hundetrenerforbund

They can make us happy, and happy person is a healthy person. :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. :)

Footwear

Totally agree with this, not only can they make us healthier but they certainly make us happier!

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