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Can pets make us healthier ?

Can owning a dog really reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by a third ?


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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 2 February, 2018, 13:58
Anything which can get people out and walking, out and getting exercise, out and getting fresh air, out in general and stops them becoming a couched potato, then for sure having a dog can help people to keep healthier. But as he says,  the size of the dog and breed matters and so does the persons own mindset when it comes to their own wellbeing. I have 2 dogs, everyday, 3 times a day, they get a walk. The westie would be quite happy just to plod along slowly and piddle and sniff  on 'ever  re  blooming'  blade of grass, where as the cocker wants to fetch ball...this is what keeps me healthy,  ... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lilly on 2 February, 2018, 14:12
My Ringo (2.5 year old Australian Shepherd collie) has to be walked every day...and I mean walked (aka, miles). Recently my doctor gave me that cardiac treadmill test (he tests all his patients in their mid 60's). My results, let's just say the examiner asked me if I was some type athletic instructor. They had to switch me to the treadmill that allows running in order to push my heart rate. So, the answer to this one is: Yes, pets can make your healthier.   
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam on 2 February, 2018, 14:28
After reading about the breed of dog you have, your dog is very fortunate to have you as its owner and i think you may feel fortunate to have such a wonderful dog. This below certainly does not apply to you,  or me and all responsible dog owners, but i am pointing out how important it is to know the breed of the dog before just going for what it looks like.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lilly on 2 February, 2018, 14:41
I'm retired and a bit of the energizer bunny type myself, so this breed was perfect for me actually. Borders and Aussies are not couch spuds and despite being cute (my Ringo is black and white spotted with big blue eyes) he's very much like a hyper active toddler. I live in a more rural area (plenty of walking trails) and have my back garden fenced. Yeah, one has to pick the breed that fits ones lifestyle.  If I'm still above ground and doing ok when Ringo goes to the rainbow bridge I will probably get myself one of those little King Charles Cavaliers. They are small dogs who tend to be a bit ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by .ZZ. on 2 February, 2018, 14:47
We have 3 dogs and 2 cats and I can say they make us healthy, in heart and mind as well as physically.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 3 February, 2018, 1:27
I can't stand people who get working dogs as pets and keep them kenneled or on a lease. I gave my coworker's son a reaming for have a house bound border after he told me it was becoming aggressive. The boys and one girl here are loose. They know their zone. They don't bother turkeys, geese or even chase deer. They do kill rats and snakes though and chase people up to the property's edge.

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