Own a dog to live longer, says study

One can have a longer life by owning a dog, a new study by researchers of Sweden’s Uppsala University says. During a 12-year study, they found that cardiovascular disease is less prevalent among dog owners — who unknowingly do a lot of exercise by walking the dogs and playing with them in parks – than those do not own one. Owning a dog is especially beneficial for those who live alone and were thought to be more vulnerable to heart problems than those who live with their family. This may be so since a dog becomes a family member for such loners, the study said.