Forget Psychiatrists. Consult Your Dog.

August 9, 2019

Forget psychiatrists. Dogs will help your mental health.

From studies by Wag!, a dog-walking app, when we need our spirits lifted, 44 percent of people would rather turn to their dog for emotional support than talk about their feelings with a family member. Dogs also appear to be the center of affection for many families as well, with 38 percent of people admitting that the family dog is the "person" they show the most love or attention to in their household.

Just 31 percent of respondents said they show the most affection towards their own children and just 23 percent reported giving their spouse or significant other the most attention.

Studies have also found that pet owners in general are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets and that having a pet nearby can lower blood pressure in stressful situations.

Another interesting study result - those 65 and over make 30 percent fewer doctor visits than those without pets.

Here's one more benefit. You're going to feel great when you visit our San Diego Humane Society, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Coastal Humane Society or any of the other animal rescue groups in the county and adopt a new, loving friend.