Spending time with dogs has been shown to have numerous health benefits. But a new study published in the journal PLOS One shows that dogs can influence how we experience physical pain. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan had over 200 emergency room patients rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10. The patients who were then allowed to spend 10 minutes with a treatment dog reported less pain than control patients who didn’t get time with a dog. These results are not surprising considering that dogs can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness in humans and improve their owner’s overall health.
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