Being healthy is always the primitive need of an individual and we strive for optimal level of health. This health comprises not only physical but psychological, social and spiritual aspects also. In hectic lifestyle of modern world psychological problems come hand in hand with age and development. The emotional and psychological aspect of health which seems very hard to maintain is not so difficult and for it you just need to own a dog.
Dogs are always considered as the loyal friend of humans and it’s not just a phrase research shows that owning a dog or any other pet can significantly improve health. Dogs in particular can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve cardiovascular health.
Research study have also found that:Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets, People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that dogs fulfill the basic human need to touch. Even hardened criminals in prison have shown long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with dogs, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time.
Dogshave more than 220 million smell receptors in their noses, they’re excellent animals for sniffing out disease.Dogs are proved to be able to detect cancer in their owner.Several authors have published research suggesting that dogs may be able to detect lung, breast, prostate, ovarian, and melanoma cancers by smelling skin lesions, urine, exhaled breath, and surgically extracted tumors.Many owners reported that the alarming sniffing and restlessness of their dogs motivated them to go for a medical check-up of their own which in turn detected cancer in them.
Lucy, a Labrador Retriever–Irish Water Spaniel mix dog is able to detect cancer correctly more than 95% of the time and is trained to do so. She is part of many canine cancer detection studies.
Children who play and grow with dogs are found to be emotionally very stable, social and kind as compared to those who don’t play with dogs.
By – Tutor – Mrs Deepika
Department of Nursing
College Of Nursing UCBMSH
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital