Puppy love — it’s better than you think

Simalar to the fact exercise is a vital law of health, we are finding that being in the company of dogs (and most any animal) brings more than just a smile to our faces.
Dr Jeannie Thomason

Puppy love — it’s better than you think
By Jane Weaver
MSNBC

Now there’s new research from the University of Missouri-Columbia suggesting the hormonal changes that occur when humans and dogs interact could help people cope with depression and certain stress-related disorders. Preliminary results from a study show that a few minutes of stroking our pet dog prompts a release of a number of “feel good” hormones in humans, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.

In addition, petting our pooches results in decreased levels of the primary stress hormone cortisol, the adrenal chemical responsible for regulating appetite and cravings for carbohydrates.

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