The specialized medical publication Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes last week published a statistical study on the health of people during rehabilitation after serious illness. As it turned out, dogs can provide their owners with a healthier lifestyle.
Thus, owning a dog reduces the risk of early death after a heart attack by 33%, by 27% after a stroke, and also generally reduces the risk of early death by 24%. Statistics were compiled from a study of thousands of cases of strokes and heart attacks in Sweden from 2001 to 2012.
The secret to prolonging life is simple - you need to walk the dogs, and the owners have to go for a walk. This is an effective incentive for those who would otherwise prefer to stay at home.
Dogs require activity, which is also beneficial for the owners.
In addition to direct physical activity, the dog helps to avoid social isolation, as the owner of the animal has at least one point of intersection of interests with other people.
Statistics have shown that reducing the risk of premature death is a matter of human activity, and it's not just about dogs. People with children and spouses have a 12% lower risk of early death than completely single people. Thus, it is important to have incentives for an active lifestyle in order to maintain health.