It’s largely accepted that dogs as best friends of people. However, a new study tells us that having dog as a pet has more advantage than having a best friend.
According to a Swedish study, dog owners have lesser risk of suffering from heart diseases. The study was done using 3.4 million people from the age of 40 to 50. It revealed that having a dog can lower the risks of suffering from heart diseases by 23 percent and death from other causes by 20 percent.
It is largely believed that having a dog will make one more responsive to stress. It even increase the physical activity.
Tove Fall, author of the study said, “It seems that a dog can be a substitute for living with other people in terms of reducing the risk of dying. Dogs encourage you to walk, they provide social support and they make life more meaningful. If you have a dog, you interact more with other people. If you do get ill and go into hospital and you have a dog, there’s a huge motivation to try to get back home.”
He further added that “having a retriever or pointer is more beneficial health wise. In Sweden, we have one of the lowest rates of dog ownership in Europe. Maybe this will increase the acceptance that dogs are important to people.”