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A Dog Can Help You Live LONGER- Slashing Risk of Premature Death

Having a dog could help you live longer. A European study of more than 3 million older people showed that people who had dogs lived 33 percent longer than those who did not have a dog. These furry animals have long been known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Higher blood pressure is related to cardiovascular disease. Statistically, heart disease is a major cause of death. Studies have been done for many years correlating this healthy relationship between man and animals. This recent study was the largest study done to date.
The positive association with animals might also be related to increased activity related to animal ownership.It is believed also that maybe animals increase social activity. Nursing homes and hospitals have successfully used pet therapy as part of the healing process.

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