There are about a million ways your dog can make you healthier--from lowering your blood pressure to boosting your dating life. Here are 22 of them. There's a bunch of awesome science below, but we also wrapped everything up into an infographic for fun. The infographic outlines the other benefits humans will get from having dogs. Take a look at these benefits and you might be convinced to add a "furry" member to your family, especially for the beloved elderly members.
There are a lot of emotional benefits in taking care of a dog. If you have a dog at home, it feels more relaxing when you are at home. Playing with them allows you to release stress and tension. It also makes you forget about pending stressors while playing with your dog.
Aside from the emotional help realized by having dogs at home, dogs are beneficial companions for the elderly. Dogs help them remain healthier and have a more active lifestyle. Older people tend to develop illnesses like arthritis. With dogs around, they are compelled to walk the dog or at least play with them. This type of general physical uses their muscles and strengthens their bones.
Another benefit is that they have a stable companion. Older people are usually left alone at home or in nursing homes. Everyone else in the family is busy with their lives. Having dogs make them feel better. They are less likely to feel lonely and/or depressed and abadoned.
There are also some dogs that have the ability to detect certain illnesses like cancer. With their presence, the elderly will be more inclined to consult the doctor to check for possible health scares. This is a good way to avoid a worsening health condition ... just one of the many benefits that humans will get from having dogs. There is no wonder why they are considered man’s best friend!