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Own a Dog and You Can Live Longer

I love my dog Paris.  She's a real funny character and is incredibly empathetic.  She provides my family with unconditional love and loyalty.

Here she is with her very common upside down milk moustache.


A study reported by the American Heart Association has associated owning a dog with longer life for the owners.  Read the article here on Science Daily.

"Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association."

Its interesting to read about the comparison of heart attack and stroke survivors versus those who have not yet been in this demographic group.

"Dog ownership was associated with a 33% lower risk of early death for heart attack survivors living alone and 27% reduced risk of early death for stroke survivors living alone, compared to people who did not own a dog. Dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a 31% lower risk of death by heart attack or stroke compared to non-owners".

I also like how the article points to where the research has to go from here.

"Our findings suggest that having a dog is associated with longer life. Our analyses did not account for confounders such as better fitness or an overall healthier lifestyle that could be associated with dog ownership. The results, however, were very positive," said Dr. Kramer. "The next step on this topic would be an interventional study to evaluate cardiovascular outcomes after adopting a dog and the social and psychological benefits of dog ownership."


Here is Chris and Daria's Rumba.  Such a cute little snout and whiskers.


As always I like to check the quality of the resource I post about.  For this task I use MediaBias/

Here is what they have to say about Science Daily:

"Science Daily is primarily a science news aggregation and curation site. The articles are selected from news releases submitted by universities and other research institutions. There is little bias exhibited as they tend to only publish pro-science information. In general, this is a popular science site that summarizes reports in one paragraph and then links to the full article. They never skew data and summarize properly, based on our numerous reviews.  A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check."


Here is Dave and Alana's Parsnip.  He loves his ball!  So. Much. Hair.  :-)

If you've ever thought of getting a doggie you know have empirical evidence that its good for your health. :-)

Please share a photo of your doggie with us.