Study: Dog owners live longer than those without dogs

KYW Staff
October 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Great news for pet lovers: Dog owners live longer and fare better after a heart attack or stroke compared with those who have no canine companionship. 

The study in the journal "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes" found that dog ownership was associated with a 24 percent reduced risk of death from any cause among the general public.

And for those who live alone, there was a 33 percent lower risk of death. 

It brings up an interesting concept — when people adopt a dog, they think they're doing it for the animal, not for their own health. But these studies suggest that adopting a dog may be as much of a service to your own health as the dog's.