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Dog lovers sometimes claim that owning dogs can lower the owner's medical bills. Is there any truth to this?

Many studies support that dog ownership is beneficial to human health. In terms of mental health, dogs have been shown to improve an individual's ability to handle crises, as they provide loyal companionship and unconditional loving support. People suffering from loneliness and depression have had their symptoms improved after getting a dog. That is one reason why dogs are often brought into hospitals and other medical facilities. Additionally, studies demonstrate that dogs can actually lower our blood pressure. Enjoying even the simplest of activities with a dog, such as petting it, can reduce stress and blood pressure. This, in turn, can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and will support the immune system. In the long run, these studies indicate that dog owners often have lower personal medical bills than people without pets.

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