Dog Lovers lead healthier lives | Guest Blog Post by Aussie Pooch

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While we’ve always known it, now science says so too. There are a multitude of benefits from having a dog.

Good for the Heart

Studies show that heart attack patients who have dogs survive longer than those without. In fact, The American Journal of Cardiology says that dog owners are eight times more likely to survive one year after a heart attack than those who don’t own a dog.

Patting Pays Off

Another US study found that when an owner patted their dog, levels of feel-good hormones rose in both – which is associated with a reduction of depression and stress-related conditions. Other studies show that patting a pet can reduce blood pressure, not just for the owner but for the pet too.

Alleviate Allergies

“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with ‘furred animals’ – whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals – will in fact have less risk of allergies and asthma.

His studies found that if a dog lived in the home, babies were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies – 19% vs 33%. They were also less likely to have eczema, a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. In addition, they had higher levels of some immune system chemicals – a sign of stronger immune system activation.

Dogs for the Aged

Studies conducted by the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have found that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a dog in the home.

Mood booster

Many people who are vulnerable to depression or anxiety suffer less if they have a dog than do those living without dogs. The benefit is especially pronounced whenpeople are strongly attached to their dogs.

ABOUT THE GUEST BLOG AUTHOR
Jane Keighley is Director of Jake Public Relations and has been PR Consultant to Aussie Pooch Mobile for the past five years.

Aussie Pooch Mobile is a franchised mobile hydrobathing service for the family dog that has been operating since 1991. The Aussie Pooch Mobile currently services approximately 20,000 customers everymonth throughout Australia. The company also services customers in New Zealand, The USA, New Caledonia, The United Kingdom, and Malaysia under the name of The Pooch Mobile. Find out more about their services at www.aussiepm.com.au

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