Dog Owners Live Longer

Posted by GO Medical on

Our family rescue dog just died but did he add years to our lives? A study published in the American Heart Association journal the Circulation reports "dog ownership was associated with a 24% risk reduction for all-cause mortality as compared to non-ownership." It adds "Dog ownership is associated with lower risk of death over the long term, which is possibly driven by a reduction in cardiovascular mortality." It doesn't conclude dog ownership in itself prolongs life but the things we do as dog owners most likely are beneficial. Walking a dog, getting up early for feeding them and even petting a dog have health benefits. So even if you're not a dog owner it may not be a bad idea to act like one! For those interested in dog ownership, your local animal shelter has lovable rescue dogs waiting for a new home! 

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