All dog owners agree that pooches, with their fun-loving personalities, are good for our health. But did you know that science also backs this up?

Research from Oregon State University

Recent studies have shown that dogs have an amazing impact on the health of humans. In particular, researchers at the Oregon State University found that older dog owners experience lower systolic blood pressure than non-dog owners.

Health benefits

The study showed that dogs are good for lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease in senior citizens. Researchers believe this is due to reduced levels of stress, anxiety and loneliness aided by the presence of a dog.

With science supporting long-held theories on the benefits of animals, there might be more dog-friendly senior living facilities in the future. In fact, we're already seeing an increase in animal-assisted therapy options (including purr-therapy) to help people of all ages.

You might also like to read our story about how puppies and bunnies can help relationships last longer.

We can’t think of a better way to spend our golden years. Can you?

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