Owning a dog makes you live longer, says science

Scary Mommy:

Dogs. We already know that they are very good boys and girls. Who’s a good dog? They are. But a new study out of Sweden shows that not only do dogs add joy to our lives, they also add years to it.

A study published in today’s Scientific Reports shows that owning a dog reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Researchers found, after looking at data from over 3 million people, that the increased social support and physical activity that comes from having a dog lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11% and death from any cause by 15%.

If you are so inclined, You can read the full study here but, seriously, who doesn’t believe or already know owning a dog is better for you? But I wonder if owning a cat shortens your life?



  • John Kordyback

    Owning a cat means that you’ll experience an existential crisis every 12 minutes.

  • lkalliance

    Well if the cat has anything to say about it…

  • iacas

    So if you own a dog, there’s at least a 15% chance you’ll never die? 🙂

    • James Hughes

      I wish. When they die they take almost all that life with them.

  • My guess is you’ll also live longer if you own a cat. But the quality of your life will be lessened as the cat will torture you until near death, then bring you back to life to torture you some more.