10 Ways Dogs Help Keep Humans Healthy

August 26 is National Dog Day! At Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, we’re honoring the many ways that a dog really is “man’s best friend,” especially for all the health benefits they offer to us humans. Numerous studies conclude – and plenty of people will tell you from experience – that dogs

  1. Reduce loneliness and fight depression.
  2. Lower stress with their unconditional love.
  3. Help you meet other people – that dog at the end of the leash can break the ice between strangers, serving as an excellent conversation starter.
  4. Keep you safe – they’re watchdogs for homeowners and seeing-eye dogs for the blind.
  5. Force you to take a break from working in order to tend to their needs, which is great for your eyes if you’re on the computer a lot.
  6. Provide “the best medicine” – doggie antics can really make you laugh, and we know that laughter can be a real stress reliever.
  7. Lift your spirits when you’re sick. Studies prove that a dog can help you heal faster from illness or surgery.
  8. Are great for your heart, helping to keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels low.
  9. Are increasingly used for medical reasons – service dogs can detect a medical emergency in people with heart conditions, epilepsy, severe allergies, and diabetes.
  10. Keep you motivated to exercise.

Exercise with your dog for better foot health

#10 is one of our favorite reasons to have a dog as a pet. Dogs love to walk and run outside and when they take their humans with them, they help them get the exercise they need. Regular exercise helps keeps you in shape and maintain a weight that’s healthy for your feet to bear.

So get outside with your dog whenever you can. Treat your feet well by wearing athletic shoes meant for walking and running. And should you ever sustain a foot injury, sprained ankle, or experience any kind of foot pain, make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm at our Centreville, VA podiatry office. Call us at (703) 996-3000.

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