Dr. Denis Grillo, Ear, Nose & Throat, 04/30/13

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Do dogs make us healthier?

By Dr. Denis Grillo

If you are a dog owner, I do not need to tell you how much joy and benefit your pet dog brings you, but did you know there is actually some scientific basis for that?

Oxytocin is a hormone that seems to be released in the blood when we have contact with our pet dogs. Oxytocin is a stress-reducing hormone that helps people calm down and decreases their anxiety.

It is produced in the hypothalamus at the base of the brain, and there are neurons, which are nerve cells, in part of the neurologic system that produce and secrete this oxytocin hormone.

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