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Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Dog ownership has been scientifically associated with health benefits. A systematic review from Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes from October 2019, concluded that dog ownership is associated with a lower risk of death over the long term, which is possibly driven by a reduction in cardiovascular mortality. This study added the following information to what was already known about the benefits of dog ownership:

  • Pooling the data of 3,837,005 participants, dog ownership was associated with a 24% risk reduction for all-cause mortality as compared to non-ownership
  • In analyses of studies evaluating cardiovascular mortality, dog ownership conferred a 31% risk reduction for cardiovascular death
  • Dog ownership is associated with a lower risk of death over the long term, which is possibly driven by a reduction in cardiovascular mortality (1)

The Loss of A Beloved Companion

But what about when our hearts are broken by the loss of one of our dogs? Dogs have the qualities we think our friends should have-lack of judgement, genuineness, trustworthiness, acceptance, respect, and more. And we don’t have the conflicts with our dogs that we do with humans about politics, religion, money or other worldly concerns. These and other factors strengthen the bond we have with our canine pets. A study in the Journal Society and Animals showed that the death of a companion animal can be far more severe , just as devastating, not quite as severe, or about the same as the loss of a human significant other.

Carrie describes a Day with Doc:

“Doc wakes up about 6 am, or when the rest of the house starts stirring. He sleeps inside my home beside my bed but is perfectly happy sleeping in his crate. He will go into the crate on command. He doesn’t bark or whine while in the crate. I just don’t use it because my other dogs also sleep in my bedroom.

What lessons can we learn from Doc?

In a study by Wendy Packman and others, “Posttraumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet,” after losing a beloved pet, many reported an improved ability to relate to others, feel empathy for the problems of others, an enhanced sense of personal strength, and greater appreciation of life (4). Children also need to be able to grieve the loss of a pet as it may be the first time they are faced with the fragility of life.

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  1. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.005554Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2019;12:e005554
  2. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7770-5
  3. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858419852592
  4. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222816663411
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We believe that the more we educate people the more likely we are to accomplish our mission of matching homeless GWPs with loving owners.