SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish Animal Shelter is holding Valentine’s adoptions Feb. 11-15, for all lab and Labrador mixes. Adoption fees are $25.
If you’re considering getting a pooch, check out these surprising benefits of having a dog:
- You’ll exercise more: Owning a dog can motivate you to exercise every day. Taking your dog for a 30 minute walk every day can greatly improve your health.
- You’ll feel less stressed: There have been lots of studies that have shown how dogs decrease stress levels. Petting your dog, playing with your dog, and simply watching your dog can reduce your stress each day.
- Your social life may improve: Going to the dog park or taking your dogs to run errands can also lead to strangers striking up conversations with you about your dog.
- You may detect cancer sooner: A dog’s amazing sense of smell can be used for a variety of purposes, including cancer detection. Many dog owners have reported their dog sniffing, licking, or nudging spots that later turned out to be cancerous.
- Your kids will be less likely to have allergies: Children who are raised around a dog are less likely to have allergies.
- Your heart will be healthier: Some research has shown that dog owners are much more likely to survive a heart attack compared to non-dog owners. Male pet owners in particular tend to experience a reduced rate of heart disease.
- You’re less likely to feel depressed: Dog owners are less likely to be depressed. Caring for a dog helps relieve symptoms of depression and encourages people to be more positive.
- Your risk for general illness decreases: Dog owners tend to have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels compared to non-dog owners. Dogs expose their owners to a lot of germs, which can help build up a human’s immunity to disease. As a result, dog owners get sick less often and less severely than non-dog owners.
- You’ll feel safer: Dogs can be an effective home security system. Studies show that barking dogs deter burglars. Just knowing that you’ve got a dog who can use its keen sense of hearing to detect anyone prowling around can help increase your sense of security, which is good for both your mental and physical health.