Study suggests owning dogs leads to longer, healthier life

by Daniel Payne · Oct 8th, 2019 2:45 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 10:37 am

Cat lovers take note: A recent study suggests that owning a dog may help you live longer and healthier.

The study, which drew from a Swedish patient registry, found that people who lived by themselves but owned dogs were less likely to die in the year after a heart attack. Dog owners were also less likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks.

The researchers suggested that an increased likelihood of physical activity — such as walking the dog — was a possible explanation for the correlation.


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