The Health Benefits Of Having A Dog
If you are a dog owner, you probably don’t need convincing that your dog offers various health benefits to you. But, on the other hand, if you are trying to convince yourself or someone that having a dog provides more benefits than just fluffy hugs and fur everywhere, then this is the article for you. We have packed it with scientifically proven benefits that no one will be able to refute.
Let’s start with a bang: Dogs can help reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease.
Statistics show that dog ownership can help lengthen your life. Experts found that for over 3.8 million study participants, owning a dog offered a 24% risk reduction in cardiovascular mortality compared to non-dog owners. Those who had previous cardiovascular issues experienced even more significant benefits.
The American Heart Association concluded a study in 2013 that explored if living alone with a dog made any difference compared to living alone without a pet. It turns out that individuals have a 33% better chance of surviving a cardiac event at home after hospitalization if they own a dog.
In conclusion, a comprehensive review of studies published between 1950 and 2019 found that dog owners had a lower risk of death. Studies suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and improved responses to stress, as discussed in the following paragraph.
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