How Concord’s 4 Legged Friends are Improving Our Health

They are all over town. On leash, off leash, playing at Emerson Field, running in the woods, waiting for the kids to get off the bus at the end of the day. 

Our dogs.

But do you know that our four legged buddies are improving our health? If you Google “Health Benefits of Owning a Dog” there are a ton of articles that pop up. That’s how we found out! Here are some highlights from articles we found on Google.

According to WebMD:

  1. People with dogs are generally happier and more trusting than people without dogs. Hmmm.

Time Magazine:

  1. A huge scientific study took place in Sweden. One of the findings suggested that growing up with a dog in the house can decrease allergies and asthma in children, and these pets may provide immune- boosting benefits for adults as well.

Huffington Post:

  1. Studies show that having a dog is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks. What’s more, dog owners who do have heart attacks have better survival rates following the events.
  2. Dogs keep you fit and active because they need exercise. Since you’re out walking and running them, you may also be losing some weight.
  3. Dogs improve your social life. Just head over to Emerson Field with your dog and you’ll see what we mean!

Bottom line is a pet brings a lot of joy and companionship to a house. If you have the capacity to take care of one, you might want to consider it. If you have one, pick up a dog treat at Verrill Farm or at Loyal Companion. Your dog will be psyched!