Making you happier, lessening depression, and improving your outlook on life, decreasing loneliness and isolation by giving you a companion, reducing boredom, reducing anxiety because of its calming effects, etc, are just some of the benefits of having a dog. Pet theraphy is also known as animal-assisted therapy (AAT) where dogs and cats are most of the cases used for it.
Sniffing out cancer is something they can do.
As little as three hours is the time dogs need to detect cancer in a person, we all know as strong their sense of smell can be. There are many of anecdotal evidences that have later been supported by scientists . A recent study presented at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., revealed a trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign 88 percent of the time. The scent-trained, rescued male German Shepherd-mix named Frankie who was able to recognize the smell of cancer in thyroid tissue obtained from multiple patients. “Frankie is the first dog trained to differentiate benign thyroid disease from thyroid cancer by smelling a person’s urine,” said Arny Ferrando from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, in the press release.
They help us being in movement.
If you have a dog, that means that sometimes you go for a walk with him, right? A study revealed that dog owners who walked with their dogs tend to achieve their weekly exercise hours, however, those who does not own a dog tend to have some difficulties achieving that hours their body needs.