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Dogs Can Help You Live Longer, As If You Needed Another Reason To Get One

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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