With an estimated 44 million homes in America owning a dog, it’s pretty fair to say that we Americans love having furry friends in our lives.
And for good reason too!
It is a well-known fact that man’s BFF (Best Furry Friend!) can help create a better quality of life for his owner. A recent study documentedby Dr. Deborah Wells of Queen’s University, Belfast for the British Journal of Health Psychiatry provided even more information to support this fact. Dr. Wells reported that dog owners tend to be sick less, have lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure among many other positive health benefits.
Another study, published by the National Library of Medicine, concluded that dog owners surveyed who suffered heart attacks were 8.6 percent more likely to be alive one year following their heart attacks than patients in the study who did not own dogs.
Quality of life…better health…longevity…sounds like a WIN-WIN-WIN, right? YES, YES and YES!
But for all the good dogs bring to our lives, there are a few other things we need to keep in mind.
For one thing, according to the CDC, there are over 21 diseases humans can contract from dogs. Such germs can cause a variety of illnesses, from minor skin infections to nasty diseases like hookworm, rabies, and Lyme disease.
To keep yourself and your dogs healthy, the CDC suggests the following to dog owners:
- Wash your hands with soap and running water after contact with dogs, dog saliva, or dog stool. Be sure to assist children with hand-washing. Thoroughly washing hands will reduce the risk of disease transmission to people.
- Pick up and dispose of dog stools, especially in areas where children might play. Cleaning up after your dog will help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of spreading disease to people or other animals.
- Visit your veterinarian for routine evaluation and care to keep your dog healthy and to prevent infectious diseases.
Additionally, if your pooch is an inside pet, be sure to regularly vacuum your home to remove dander and allergens. You will also want to routinely clean your hardwood floors to remove any dirt and other not-so-pleasant things he may track in on his paws. Lastly, disinfect any other surfaces Fido is allowed to touch such as bedding, blankets and of course his food/water bowls and toys.
If you have a pup and don’t want to do the regular clean up to keep your house nice and tidy, no problem! Just give your local Two Maids & A Mop a call and have them do the dirty work for you!