We all cherish spending time with loved ones, and that extends to our fur family. Dog owners will swear that the healing power of dogs is real.
Is this true? Can dogs actually help you heal? Yes, they can.
So, it seems that dog insurance policy you took out to protect your pet’s health might just be helping your own health too. After all, if a dog is happy and healthy it can direct all its healing powers to its owners rather than needing to focus on healing its own aches and pains.
How dogs can help our health
Pet lovers have known it forever, but now science has chimed in on the debate too. Your dog cuddling you with reassuring positive energy when you are sick is not in your mind. And you feeling better after a couple of days with Fido by your side is not your imagination either.
Other than the emotional benefits of having a dog, there are some physical benefits too. Research has shown that your pooch can help nurse you back to your best by:
- Lowering cholesterol levels
According to Harvard medical school, dog owners have lower cholesterol levels than non-owners. They are unsure how or why this happens. Perhaps it can be chalked up to pet magic.
- Lowering blood pressure
Stroking a dog (or other animal) or even just being in the presence of your pets lowers your blood pressure, even in stressful situations.
- Reducing triglycerides
High levels of triglycerides can lead to stroke and heart attack. But luckily, pet parents have lower triglycerides. Is it more dog magic at play?
- Reducing cortisol levels
Cortisol is the hormone your body releases when you are stressed. Too much stress is a bad thing, for obvious reasons. Being around dogs can reduce cortisol levels; so now you know why you feel less anxious around your pets.
- Increasing oxytocin levels
Oxytocin is one of the “happy hormones” – so it is no surprise being with your dog releases it in abundance.
- Mental health benefits
Of course, the healing power of dogs extends to mental and emotional wellbeing too. Various studies have shown dogs can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. They have also shown dogs to provide many benefits for many people living with disabilities like autism, ADHD, epilepsy, and more.
Dog insurance and sleeping with your dog
Also, it turns out that sleeping with your dog can improve your quality of sleep too. We all know getting a sound, full, long sleep is important for our health. It is time to invest in that king size extra-length mattress and bring your dog in close for the night.
While you are getting your pooch comfortable, remember they have health needs too. Just like they look after us, they rely on you to take good care of them. This is where a dog insurance policy (or cat insurance, if you are a feline parent) can be very beneficial. You do not have to spend a fortune; cheap pet insurance is easier to come by than you think.
Then you can rest easy – ideally in your bed, with your dog – knowing you have cover in place for all manner of pet medical treatment. What better way to repay them for their healing powers than with a policy which ensures you can afford vet bills without financial worries when it is something that a cuddle and a kiss cannot fix?