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Dog owners healthier than non pet owners, says study

Posted by: Samantha Bartlett  Date: 14/05/2013   Category: Latest News

Owning a dog can have a beneficial effect on your heart, according to new research.

According to upi.com, a study carried out by The American Heart Association, found that dog owners are less likely to suffer from heart disease than those without pets. The data, which the organisation collated from studies around the world, also found that owning a dog is likely to relieve stress as well as decrease the chance of obesity. Furthermore, owners may look after themselves more, if they are also looking after their pets’ appearance with the latest dog grooming equipment.

Commenting on the research, Dr Levine from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said the results are likely helped by the fact that many dog owners have good companionship with their pets, telling dailymail.co.uk: “A person may take better care of themselves if they have a good bond with a pet and feel better about themselves and are more motivated to live longer.”

He did, however, say that people wouldn’t feel the effects if they didn’t look after their pet and themselves properly, adding: “We don’t want people to go out and adopt a dog or a cat and then sit on the couch eating potato chips and smoking a cigarette and assume they are now going to live longer.”