As the temperatures rise, it’s time to pack away those skis and skates or take a leave of absence from your climate-controlled gym. Summer, with her longer days and balmy weather, is a great time to keep fit while enjoying the Great Outdoors. Plenty of opportunities abound to burn calories while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. None of these sports require a gas-powered motor or make a lot of noise. All of these sports are eco-friendly since they leave no emissions, no pollution and almost no environmental impact. Continue reading
Here are a few things to consider:
For instance, did you know that research has shown that pet owners are healthier than non-pet owners?
The NIH has been studying the effects of pet ownership and in particular, one study followed dog owners who’d suffered heart attacks. Regardless of the severity of their heart attack, those who owned dogs were significantly more likely to be living a year later.
Another study of married couples owning dogs showed that those with pets of any kind had lower blood pressure, lower heart rates, and recovered faster from stressful situations. Maybe having that little kitty to feed or dog to walk was the added impetus?
And don’t discount the usefulness of dogs to help scientists find cures for cancer. Dogs have strong genetic similarities to humans, and also get naturally occurring cancers. Dogs respond to chemotherapy much as humans do, too. Since the canine genome has been sequenced, scientists can study which gene mutations are linked to specific cancers.
So don’t be surprised if down the road your friendly vet asks if you would be willing to have your dog’s genetic information analyzed. By participating in these efforts to develop treatment plans which are effective, those approaches can readily be moved into human trials.
Leading to why dogs are often called “man’s best friend.”