A new study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that bringing a new little furball into your life can improve your heart health, especially if you live alone.
"The responsibilities associated with dog ownership impose mandatory daily exercise - a schedule which can not be impacted by adverse weather conditions, personal commitments or mood swings", Wolf-Klein said.
"The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 per cent reduction in risk of death and 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners".
People who live alone seemed to benefit the most from man's best friend.
Tove Fall, professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University, and owner of a five-month-old Kooikerhondje puppy, said the health benefits of dog ownership appeared to be starkest for people who otherwise lived alone.
While the study stops short of determining a direct "causal effect" between dog ownership and lower heart disease, it indicates that dog owners may have better health because they stay active by walking their pets, even in bad weather.
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Researchers studying cardiovascular disease came to the conclusion after examining data from 3.4 million Swedes aged between 40 and 80. Their owners amiraali much less frequently and later than people who have a family pet was not. We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results.
The dog is the most popular pet in the United Kingdom, with 24 percent of people owning one. That would be a tough study to pull off since you would have to take a random set of people, give some of them dogs, and see who died first. Their risk of heart attack was not reduced.
Cardiovascular disease causes more than a quarter (26 per cent) of all deaths in the United Kingdom 160,000 each year.
Fall says the study's results can be generalized to the entire Swedish population, and likely to other European countries with similar living standards and culture regarding dog ownership. "More studies should be obtained in the United States", said Bond.
"Another interesting finding was that owners of different breeds differed clearly as regards to cardiovascular health", she added.
Scientists said the companionship was key, along with the physical activity in taking the dog for a walk.
"Alternatively it could be reverse causality - people who are fitter and more active are more likely to own a dog".