A (US) national survey (that actually came out a few months ago but which I forgot to flag at the time) confirmed what common sense will inevitably tell you, namely that pet a can help you stay active and help your emotional health as well (and please note: that’s a real live pet and not a PET scan) .
So no surprise that over 75 % of people in this survey said that their pet helps keep them active (although I have a hard time understanding that 75 % of bird owners or pet-rat owners or lizard keepers or eve cat-keepers would make the same claim) but certainly that benefit of being more active than you’d otherwise tend to be is easy to accept if you happen to own a dog because when you walk your dog, you walk yourself, too, not to mention that if you’re in the least bit sociable, walking a dog also does a lot for your social contact to other humans because on those walks, you will also meet lots of other dog owners and even lots of people who don’t own dogs themselves but who stop to tell you how gorgeous or cute (or not) your particular dog happens to be.
But here’s the finding from that survey that should not be ignored: All that dog-walking may come with a cost because a substantial number of senior dog walkers admitted to having fallen on at least one of those those multiple dog walks, and falls in seniors are of course a very serious health concern because of the potential subsequent broken bones and head injuries and disability.
So hey, get a dog. Walk a dog. But do it carefully.