Fact or Fiction: Dogs, Kids and Health
Whether we want to believe it or not, owning a dog, or simply being around man's best friend, has a number of health benefits. See if you can separate fact from fiction.
Therapy dogs can help some children learn to read.
Children who have pets at home have a less favorable view of wild animals.
A child’s body actually goes through physical changes when the child spends about a half hour with a dog.
Having a dog or cat at home can lower a child's cholesterol.
Dog owners have a lower risk of dying from heart failure.
Children who suffer autism can relate better to a dog than they can to a human.
Children who grow up around pets are more likely to develop allergies.
Dogs can warn diabetic children when there is a sudden drop in the child’s level of blood glucose.
Doctors recommend that kids with ADHD should not be allowed to have a dog as a pet because of the child's erratic behavior.
“Seizure dogs” are specially trained to work with children who suffer from ADHD.
Children living with a dog are less active than children who do not have a dog at home.
A child who did not talk for six years started talking when a therapy dog visited his school.
Children who are not pet owners deal with death better than children who have pets.
Petting a dog can help a child keep high blood pressure at bay.
Therapists often tell their depressed patients to keep away from dogs.
Children are more likely to make friends when they have a pet.
Dogs can help autistic children become more social.
Pets, including dogs, can relieve pain.
Children with pets spend less time in school.
Dogs and other pets reduce stress in children and adults more than a friend or family member.