The Truth About Owning Dogs
Where would we be without our furry friends? Our pets are truly a part of the family, offering comfort and warmth when we need it most. Our four-legged companions are by our side day in day out, leading many to study the health benefits of owning a dog. One common conception about dog ownership we hear often is—dog owners tend to live longer. Is that true? As a pet-friendly senior living community in Acworth, we want to take this opportunity to take a deeper look. Let’s learn together!
So, Do Dog Owners Live Longer?
Short Answer: They May Live Longer
Let’s Explore Why
Dogs Help Reduce Stress
After a hard day, who’s always there to greet you at the door with a huge canine smile? We just love the continual excitement and cheer dogs carry. Per a 2018 report, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America cited that “74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership.” Owning a dog can help improve your mental health by alleviating anxiety and stress.
Dog Owners Exercise More
A recent study as published by The New York Times states that dog owners walk close to about 300 minutes per week; that is nearly double the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This of course applies to those who walk their dogs regularly. As a senior living community in Acworth, we encourage our residents to be active. Owning a dog is a great way to consistently exercise by doing something you love (with someone you love). Make an effort to walk your dog on a regular basis to gain the fitness benefits of dog ownership.
Misconceptions: Don’t Misinterpret These Studies
Simply owning a dog will not help people overcome conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. While owning a dog might help alleviate stress and encourage us to walk more, this alone will not address common aforementioned conditions. We encourage pet ownership given that it could improve your quality of life, but we also advise that you continue to prioritize your health.
Takeaway Pet Owners (Not Just Dog Owners) May Live Longer
If you have a deep connection with a cat, a bird, or any other common domestic pet, then you can experience some of the same benefits dog owners have. Pets can bring us joy, alleviating stress and helping us to live a better overall life. That said, dog owners have to walk their dogs regularly whereas other pet owners typically do not; if you own a pet that isn’t a dog, then find a fitness activity that you enjoy and invest in your health by exercising on a regular basis.
Live Happily, Live Well at Holbrook Life
Holbrook is a collection of active living communities across the Southeast. A place many call home, our senior living communities are at the top of their class, offering luxury amenities all with your quality of life in mind. Our Acworth, Georgia, location is a recently opened community that consists of luxurious residences and cottages. True to the Holbrook mantra of Inspiring Wonder, we offer an array of full services and luxury amenities, focusing on whole-body wellness in a safe and therapeutic environment.
To be a part of our inspired living community, contact us today at 404-445-7777. We are looking forward to hearing from you and being a part of this chapter in your life.
Many Blessings and Hospitality Yours,
Al Holbrook and the Holbrook Life Team