Results from two new scientific reports remind us once again of the health benefits afforded by canine companionship.
According to one of the studies, dog ownership reduces a person’s risk of early death by nearly 25%. The biggest benefits were seen in pooch parents with existing heart problems and those who live alone.
Similarly, the other study’s results showed that having a dog reduced by up to 27% the risk of dying after a stroke.
One explanation for these benefits is the physical activity involved in caring for a dog. Previous studies have also found that pooch parents tend to have lower blood pressure, more normal cholesterol levels and less stress.
But most of all, canine companionship helps a person’s heart and mental health. There’s not much that can beat a dog’s unconditional love.