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Swedish Study Finds Owning A Dog Can Add Years To Your Life

According to research recently published in Scientific Reports, owning a dog can add years to your life, IFL Science reports. A team of researchers at Uppsala University tracked the health and dog ownership status of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 years old for 12 years, starting in 2001. No one involved had a history of cardiovascular disease. Everyone in Sweden must carry a unique personal identification number, all hospital visits are recorded, and dog ownership registration is mandatory, which makes it the perfect case study for this sort of experiment. As the researchers point out, however, the results can be generalized to all other countries with a similar culture towards…