Science just proved that owning a dog makes you live longer

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2017

"Thanks to the population-based design, our results are generalisable to the Swedish population, and probably also to other European populations with similar culture regarding dog ownership".

In the name of health, researchers have discovered that owning a dog has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Single dog owners showed a 33% decrease in risk of death compared to single people who did not own a dog, said a statement by lead junior author of the study Mwenya Mubanga, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University.

Owning a dog may be helpful for physical activity, but researchers point out that it may be active people who pick dogs as pets.


That's good news for dog lovers, especially if they fit into the 30 million Americans who found out this week they have hypertension after federal guidelines changed.

Some of the folks who conducted this study suggest that dogs bring dirt into the house, and they like to sit on your lap. That same group benefited from an 11 percent drop in risk of cardiovascular disease as well, when compared to their non-dog-owning peers.

If you ask my not very humble opinion, dogs have always and will always be better than cats. It could also do so by transforming the human bacterial microbiome, or the unseen bacterial environment carried by every human being. Mubanga said, "Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households".


Owning hunting breeds such as terriers, scent hounds and retrievers was linked to the lowest risk of cardiovascular diseases.

However, the authors recognise the limitations of the study, as the data doesn't show the differences between owners and non-owners before getting a dog, which could have influenced results.

This guy is fit because his dog is fit, you get me?


Which is great news, but we know it's not the real reason people get dogs.

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