Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life. It could also make it last a little longer. A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the
health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country,
where databases contain detailed information on everyone’s
hospitalizations, medical history and even whether they own a dog. Such
detailed records made it relatively easy to suss out the impact of
having a canine companion. People in possession of a pooch were less likely to have cardiovascular
disease or die from any cause during the 12 years covered by the
research, according to the study published in Scientific Reports.