UPDATED: Feb 25, 2020
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With the Fourth of July holiday just a week away, the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are right around the corner.
Owning a Dog Means Better Health for You
And speaking of dogs, ask any dog owner how their furry friend has helped enrich their lives, and you will likely get an earful of pooch praising and heartfelt stories of love and companionship. Most dog owners can’t imagine going solo after owning a dog. And man’s best friend might give us more than just companionship, as some recent medical research has shown.
According to WebMD’s article “5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health” by Jeanie Lerche Davis, the following are some of the health benefits enjoyed by pet owners.
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower anxiety levels
- Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Lower depression rates
- Increased immunity
- Increased exercise motivation
- Increased survival times for heart attack patients
Best of all, dogs can also enhance your social life, as they are great conversation starters and can help establish connections with people you may not otherwise meet. And who knows… Fido might even help you land a date by grabbing the attention of that cutie you’ve been eyeing at the park on your lunch breaks!
Many of the positive health benefits associated with dog ownership can be added bonuses when applying for term life insurance. For example, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help you obtain a better result on your paramedical exam. Life insurance companies may also inquire about your exercise and lifestyle habits when you apply for coverage. Your overall current health plays a significant role in determining the premium rate you will pay for a new term life insurance policy.
Not ready to adopt a pet yet? Try volunteering at your local shelter for a few hours a week. You may find you benefit as much as the animals you are helping.
We’d like to know how your dog or other pet has enriched your health!