There are a lot more canine companions around since COVID-19, so here’s the good news about our dogs—and some hairy health facts
One study of students found that just ten minutes petting an animal brought a drop in the stress hormone cortisol.
Pet therapy dogs can help patients in hospitals and care homes. Credit: monkeybusinessimages
Pet therapy was found in one study to lift the spirits and improve cognition in care home residents with dementia and other mental illness, and in another to make them less agitated.
Dogs can even provide support during tough times. A 2020 survey by the University of York found that 90 per cent of pet owners felt their animal helped them cope during the first COVID lockdown.
Running or walking with a dog can help keet your fitness levels up. Credit: Robert Daly
There’s ample evidence having a dog can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. You might even live longer.
American research published in 2019 found being a dog owner brought a 65 per cent decrease in risk of mortality for people who’d had a heart attack.
Some people are allergic to dog’s skin cells, urine or saliva. Credit: LightFieldStudios
Walking a dog on a lead can cause injuries including finger fractures, sprained shoulder and even brain injuries, an analysis of more than 400,000 US dog owners found. People also trip over their hound in the house.
Dog bites lead to thousands of hospital visits in the UK annually. Credit: ablokhin