In a recent post in the Chicago Tribune’s Harvard Health Blog, Daniel J. DeNoon reported that a panel of experts from the American Heart Association concluded that having a pet dog may lower your risk of heart disease.
It seems dog owners are more likely to exercise. (Sorry, cat ladies and gents.) This may be one of the reasons that dog owners tend to have “have a better cholesterol profile, have lower blood pressure, be less vulnerable to the physical effects of stress, and be more likely to survive a heart attack.”
That, and you’re more likely to throw a ball, get slobbered on and find yourself brushing dog fur off your pants before an important meeting.
But it’s all worth it. Because dogs are good for your heart and soul. And now science says so.