Dogs are the Answer to Living Longer

Everyone knows that dogs bring immeasurable joy to our lives, but did you know that simply owning a dog can help to significantly extend your life?


That’s right! Observational studies have shown that dog owners, especially those who live alone, are less likely to die prematurely. According to Dr. Caroline Kramer, a professor who specializes in endocrinology at the University of Toronto, “dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in all cause mortality.”  This is because owning a dog can support a healthier lifestyle and protect us against illnesses such as depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, and many more.



While scientists don’t know the exact cause of this, there are several popular theories. One belief is that people who own dogs get more exercise than those who don’t. Because dogs require a certain level of physical activity, this encourages dog owners to create a daily routine of walking and other activities that support cardiovascular health.



In addition, dogs are a great source of companionship and affection. They give people a sense of comfort and unconditional love that can support our health. This can help combat illnesses such as depression and anxiety as well as reduce blood pressure.



So, if you’re looking for a reason to bring a dog into your home, a longer, healthier, and happier life might be the best one yet!

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Emily Konwick

Emily is WildCatFiona's momma. She is a junior at the University of Kentucky studying psychology. When she's not in class, she spends her free time running Fiona's Instagram page. She also loves writing and keeping up with pet-related current events!

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