Owning A Dog Makes You Live Longer And It's Scientifically Proven
In my opinion, no home is complete without a fluffy little friend scurrying around the house, snatching sandwiches from the side, cocking their leg up on the Christmas tree and barking non-stop throughout the night. Oh, the the joys of being a dog owner!
Despite all of these slight inconveniences, some new scientific evidence has just been put forward, claiming that owning any pup, mutt or doggo can actually make you live longer. Hurrah!
Several past studies have already suggested that both dog and cat owners are happier overall, and other data has also hinted that having pets make you live longer.
However, this new project is huge, and the team of scientists running it have concluded from 3.4 million individual data points. This basically means it's pretty legit, and their findings suggest you can get as many pups as you want 101 Dalmatians style...
The clever scientists have used national registries in Sweden to track the lives of 3.4 million citizens who had no history of cardiovascular ailments back in 2001, and the study followed these individuals for many years.
Researchers were then able to tell whether the case studies owned pets thanks to mandatory dog ownership registries. They could then work out the mortality rates of those who had a pooch, and those who didn't.
The results were pretty solid, proving that having a dog reduces your overall rate of mortality, with the risk of death being around 33% lower if you have a dog than if you live alone. The same group also had a 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease too.
If you live with people AND have a dog, you have a lower risk of mortality, and the study also claimed that hunting breeds helped to lower the risk of the disease too.
It's pretty obvious how the scientists have come to these conclusions, as owners have to walk their dogs which motivates them to lead a healthier lifestyle than those who don't own pets.
And if you own a hunting breed, you'd already be a pretty active person already - regularly exercise has long been associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease.
Basically, this is all just proof your other half should get you that dog at Crimbo - remember it's for life though, not just for Christmas!
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