Americans love their dogs. This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.

Four out of ten homes in the U.S. own at least one dog. Study after study finds that pets bring many benefits, especially for seniors.

They encourage exercise and social contact. They help people cope with stress. They provide companionship. Physical and mental health improves almost immediately upon getting a dog.

But pet ownership is a lifelong commitment. Consider your situation and be sure to ask a professional whether having a dog is right for you.  If not, participation in a therapy dog program may be just as beneficial and enjoyable.

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