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GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – A family doctor at Baylor Garland is finding success treating her patients’ high blood pressure by advising those patients to get a dog.

Dr. Jane Sadler sees many people who live sedentary lifestyles.

Diana Sutton is a long time patient who has battled high blood pressure for years.

“I’ve slowed down so much. I just work at a busy law firm, so I come home from work and just crash,” said Sutton.

Medications weren’t working for Sutton.

“I told her I didn’t have a pill big enough to take care of all of her problems, and that we were going to need to act in her environment,” said Sadler.

Her prescription: Sutton should consider getting a dog.

“They are active and they will actively pursue you to get you to come out with them,” said Sadler.

Sutton took her advice, and adopted her Rottweiler/Australian Shepherd mix, Bruno, in early January.

“The moment I walk in, he’s ready to go,” said Sutton of her energetic puppy.

In the five weeks she’s been a dog owner, Sutton’s blood pressure has dropped 30 points.

“I can tell I’m getting healthier. I’m trying to lose weight so I’m working on that. I was running on the treadmill. Now I don’t have to do that anymore because I’m just running with the puppy,” said Sutton.

Dr. Sadler says prescriptions for puppies have worked wonders for her patients’ health over the years. Sutton’s medical charts show she’s significantly lowered her risk for stroke and heart attack, her doctor said.

“Many times they’re a little shocked, but it’s funny how often they will come back that they took my advice and they have improvement in their health,” said Dr. Sadler.

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