People who own dogs are healthier and live longer than those who don't. Photography ©AzmanJaka | Getty Images.
People who own dogs are healthier and live longer than those who don't. Photography ©AzmanJaka | Getty Images.

Are You Looking For Ways to Live Longer? Own a Dog

In case you needed another reason to love dogs … new research shows that people who own dogs are healthier and live longer than people who don't.
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A recent Swedish study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that people who own dogs are healthier and live longer than people who don’t. The 12-year study tracked 3.4 million middle-aged and older adults who did not have heart disease at the beginning of the study period.

Researchers concluded that dog owners who lived in multiple-person households had lower rates of death than non-dog owners in multi-person homes. The results were more pronounced for people who lived alone. Dog owners who lived alone were less likely to die when compared with people who lived alone and didn’t have a dog.

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3 thoughts on “Are You Looking For Ways to Live Longer? Own a Dog”

  1. Hi everyone,
    I have owned Mini Schnauzers for over 20 years. Now I am in my 50’s & have more experience with this breed. I love attending my local Dog Club in Australia & being with other members with their dogs. Many of my club members have more experience than me,so when I have trouble my 2 dogs,they always on hand to help. My 2 Mini’s have been at my side when I’m down & have always take them for their walk. Live long the beard!

  2. Pingback: Are You Looking For Ways to Live Longer? Own a Dog | Dog Traing Info

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