It helps prevent asthma and allergies
If you're trying to convince your partner to adopt a dog together, point out that you're thinking about your (future) kids.
One Swedish study found that if you grow up with a dog during your first two years of life, you're 77% less likely to develop allergies to nasty buggers like dust mites, grass, ragweeds, and, you guessed it, pets. This study also uncovered that kids with pets had a 13% lower risk of asthma. So basically you NEED a dog if you want healthy kids.
It helps relieve pain
Finally, dogs are incredible for pain-fighting relief, which, sadly, does not count for hangovers. Fibromyalgia patients have reported less pain and fatigue after just 10 to 15 minutes with a therapy dog, compared to those who didn't spend time with a dog.
While that's pretty impressive, most people don't have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, dogs can have the same effect on regular old pain: after surgery, patients who have access to a pet wind up using less pain medication than those who don't.
Now that you know who's really responsible for keeping you healthy, it's time to visit your local animal shelter and rescue the dog who's going to help you get your life on track. If you already have a dog, thank them for their hard work and give them some much-needed attention. Go for an extra walk or extend your tug-of-war time today.
Oh, one more thing. Don't get upset that your dog doesn't pay rent and expects only the best food money can buy. After all, their full-time job of keeping you healthy means they need to stay around for a while.
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