While not everyone is a fan, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t at least like dogs. They make us laugh, they’re great cuddling companions, and they quickly become a part of our families from the first day we bring them home. We all love our dogs, but they’re good for far more than companionship, they can actually positively benefit your health, and here’s how!

Getting Out of The House
Owning a dog is good for your overall health because they increase the amount of time you spend exercising outdoors. Although going out for a nice stroll with your pooch may not seem like a laborious exercise, it’s a good step towards being physically fit. Spending time outdoors is also proven to improve your mental health. We may not always be the best at taking care of ourselves, but we’re always happy to take care of our pets and make sure they’re getting their much-needed exercise. It’s also common to see other dog owners when you’re out and about with your furry friend, and they’re always happy to stop for a chat. Guess what, those positive social interactions are great for your mental health as well.

Mental Health
There have been a number of studies done that show the incredible impact dogs can have on people struggling with mental health issues like depression and PTSD. That being said, you don’t need to be a scientist to understand that dogs are good for your mental health. They give us unwavering companionship and ask for nothing in return other than a bowl full of food and some good head scratches. There’s a lot to be said for having someone in your life who’s always excited to see you whether you’ve been gone for five minutes or five days.

The Science
Aside from the scientific studies that show that dogs can positively impact our moods, there is legitimate physical evidence that proves dogs are good for our health. Scientists found that regularly walking and laying down with dogs decreases blood pressure and ultimately calms you down. So, if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, spending time with your beloved pooch can be just the medicine you need to relax and stabilize your heart rate.

Your dog is there for you no matter what, so make sure you return the favor and look out for their health too, with Pet Insurance coverage!

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1) Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.