Having a dog in the house reduces the risk of the owner’s death.
Scientists have found that dog owners have a 24% lower risk of dying from any cause, according to a study published in the journal Circulation.
The study is based on observation of 4 million people in the United States, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia.
According to its results, it turned out that the presence of a dog in the house reduces the risk of human death by 24%, and for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke, this figure is even higher — 31%.
The findings are supported by an independent study of more than 336,000 Swedish men and women showing that dog owners who have had cardiovascular disease recover better than those without dogs.
The studies are observational and cannot prove that it is the presence of a dog in a person that reduces the risk of his death, but they did help to identify a logical connection.