Next time someone accuses you of being “dramatic” for saying you “can’t live without your dog” ― we give you permission to show them this report. The results are more delightful than belly rubs and wet nose boops combined.
A new scientific review, which encompasses about 70 years of research surrounding the health benefits of dog ownership, showed that having a dog can improve your longevity. The findings were published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal.
According to 10 studies included in the review, dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in risk of death compared to non-ownership, with six studies showing “significant reduction in the risk of death.”
In one instance, simply petting a dog was found to have the same effect on blood pressure as medication, CNN reported.
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