A Dog Reduces Risk Of Death By 33%

And risk of heart diseases by 11%


A Dog Reduces Heart Attack Risk

A Dog Reduces Heart Attack Risk

Researches can’t tell why, but possible explanations include higher level of physical activity, increased social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.

Swedish scientists using the country’s data from more than 3.4 million persons aged 40 to 80 write in Scientific Reports dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes.



“These kind of epidemiological studies look for associations in large populations but do not provide answers on whether and how dogs could protect from cardiovascular disease. We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results. Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner,” according to Tove Fall, senior author of the study and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University. “There might also be differences between owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results, such as those people choosing to get a dog tending to be more active and of better health. Thanks to the population-based design, our results are generalisable to the Swedish population, and probably also to other European populations with similar culture regarding dog ownership.”

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