Owning a dog could help extend your life

Having a furry friend may help you in more ways than one.

Coming home to a dog who is happy to see you, or taking your four-legged companion for a walk aren't the only bonuses to having a canine pal. 

Two separate studies have revealed that owning a dog could significantly help your health. 

The Swedish report detailed that older people who live alone are also less likely to die post-heart attack (by a third) if they have a dog at home.

Upon release of these results, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement saying that while there's no explicit proof you'll be automatically healthier if you own a pooch, it's certainly beneficial.

In the study conducted by University of Toronto, researchers found that owning a pup was linked to a 24 per cent lower risk of death by any cause, a 65 per cent lower risk of dying post heart attack and 31 per cent less chance of dying of any cardiovascular cause. 

Although more research needs to be completed to confirm exactly how having a dog can help our physical and mental health, one thing is for sure - having a furry friend is a very special thing indeed!

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