Dogs can improve our health without us even realising it. You don't have to run endlessly around the local park with your dog to lose weight.
When low-income, sedentary people with chronic illness were given “loaner” dogs to walk, they lost an average of 6.5kg a year, a study from the University of Missouri found – so even a gentle stroll with Fido is good.
Pet owners also tend to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, according to a study conducted by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne.
And if all this isn’t a big enough reason to love our four-legged friends, pets can benefit our mental health too.
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