The healthy benefits of canine companionship

The healthy benefits of canine companionship

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.

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