It’s probably no secret around here that I think Lucy hangs the moon. She’s our 4-legged child and very much a member of our family. So when I read this article on CNN about how dog owners live longer and how pets are the best medicine I was not one bit surprised. According to a recent study, dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, in addition to being awesome companions and great little comforting sidekicks. I totally believe that to be true!
Owning a dog can decrease risk of death by 33% and risk of cardiovascular related death by 36%. Plus, chances of a heart attack were also found to be 11% lower. There are a number of reasons they identified but a major one is that dog owners are forced to be more active because their pets need to be walked. Basically that little companion gets you up and moving.
“The findings also suggest increased social well-being and immune system development as additional reasons why dog ownership offers protection against cardiovascular disease and death. One factor behind this may be because dogs bring dirt into homes and they lick you, which could impact your microbiome — the bacteria that live in your gut — and thus your health.”
While the “bringing dirt in to homes” thing makes me cringe, the living longer because of Lucy thing makes my heart happy!
What do you think? Do you agree with this study? Do you think your fur babies will help you live longer and be healthier?