Owning a dog helps you live longer, researchers say
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WHAT IS KNOWN
* Dog ownership has been associated with decreased cardiovascular risk. A series of studies has suggested associations of dog ownership with lower blood pressure levels, improved lipid profile, and diminished sympathetic responses to stress.
* The evidence regarding dog ownership and mortality has yielded conflicting results. Whereas the association between dog ownership and mortality has been explored since the 1980s, living in a home with a dog has been associated with improved survival in some studies with others arguing a neutral effect.
WHAT THE STUDY ADDS
* Pooling the data of 3 837 005 participants, dog ownership was associated with a 24% risk reduction for all-cause mortality as compared to nonownership (relative risk, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.67–0.86).
* In analyses of studies evaluating cardiovascular mortality, dog ownership conferred a 31% risk reduction for cardiovascular death (relative risk, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.67–0.71; I2, 5.1%).
* Dog ownership is associated with lower risk of death over the long term, which is possibly driven by a reduction in cardiovascular mortality. These results hold implications for future studies on lifestyle interventions.
What an action shot my mum caught of me playing bubbles. Her and dad laugh every time seeing this pic saying I look like Jaws. Apparently it’s a big fish that lives in the sea we play in 🤷🏼♀️.
If anyone requires a dental appointment but doesn’t want to show their vet your tooshy pegs. Make a deal with your rents that if you have to stand or sit on that darn cold table you have to take bubbles or a bubble machine with you. It’s the only way to get a good close up.