But dogs appear to be far more than four-legged health care workers. Over the years, data on the larger role dogs play in health has trickled out from various corners of the world. One Japanese study found pet owners made 30 percent fewer visits to doctors. A Melbourne study of 6,000 people showed that owners of dogs and other pets had lower cholesterol, blood pressure and heart attack risk compared with people who didn’t have pets. Obviously, the better health of pet owners could be explained by a variety of factors, but many experts believe companion animals improve health at least in part by lowering stress.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The Healing Power of Dogs
This N.Y. Times story isn't technically law related, but it qualifies as blogworthy because it cites to a study by my alma mater, the University of Florida, and it contains a number of interesting facts linking companion animals to good health: