“Coffee with the Doc” -Tim Ridley Show-Sirius XM Radio Ch. 146


On the Road with Man’s Best Friend

Dr. John’s Furry Friends: Gypsy, Rascal and Harley

Life as a truck driver is an adventure on the road, and having someone to share that adventure with is an important topic to discuss.
They provide excellent companionship and can provide a lot of positive health benefits. Whether you are a truck driver or just a Frumpy Mumpy, there are a lot of positive reasons to get a pet. A pet will help you laugh and laughing is good!

People with pets often experience greater health benefits than those without pets.

  • Traveling with your pet can lower stress and results in a happier and safer driver.
  • Research shows that people with pets have lower blood pressure
  • Playing with a dog, cat, or other pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Less likely to suffer from depression if you have a furry companion that provides unconditional love
  • Reduces anxiety: pets can help to ease your anxiety.

Social Benefits:

  • Increase exercise: Taking a dog for a walk, hike, or run are fun and rewarding ways to fit healthy daily exercise into your schedule.
  • Add routine to the day: Having to feed, exercise and care for a pet can help you keep to a daily routine.
  • Pets are great caregivers: Animals can serve as a source of comfort and support.
  • Pets are conversation starters and can help you meet new people.

One thought on ““Coffee with the Doc” -Tim Ridley Show-Sirius XM Radio Ch. 146

  1. Michael Morris January 14, 2023 / 11:17 am

    Some really good, helpful information here. Wholeheartedly agree, and have been a participant for many years. Maybe that’s why I’m still verticle. The unconditional love pets give will boost anyone’s levels of everything. Great article, Dr. John!

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