Having A Dog May Add Years To Your Life, New Study Finds

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“We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results,” Tove Fall, senior author of the study and associate professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University, said in a statement.

This is backed up by the fact that hunting dogs like terriers, retrievers, and scent hounds need more exercise. “Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner," Tove added.

Tove also notes, however, some limitations of the study: "There might also be differences between owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results, such as those people choosing to get a dog tending to be more active and of better health.”

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