Some doctors are prescribing dogs instead of medication to treat anxiety and depression, according to a Wednesday report.
If you are a dog owner, you've probably already experienced the health benefits a furry friend can bring into your life.
According to an article on Glamour.com your body is flooded with oxytocin when you pet a canine.
Oxytocin is a hormone that reportedly makes you feel lovey, more bonded, and can make wounds heal faster.
The article said petting a dog can lower blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.
Seeing a dog can have the same affect, according to the report.
Pets in general can improve your mood, encourage exercise, and fend off loneliness. Read more.
In a BBC News article , Dr. Deborah Wells said pet owners tend to be healthier than the average person.
There is also a suggestion that canines can help in recovery from serious illnesses and even act as and early warning to sense an approaching epileptic seizure, according to Wells.
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