Dogs Help People Live Longer, Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

The results of two new scientific studies have demonstrated that dog ownership can help humans live longer, healthier lives. In fact, the data suggest that having a dog can lower your risk of death from heart attack and stroke. From companionship, to responsibility, to exercise from walking and playing with a dog, researchers say there are many benefits to health from dog ownership.

Petting Dogs, Cats Reduces Stress Levels: New Study

There is now another reason to strengthen the human-animal bond: A new scientific study has demonstrated that in addition to potential psychological benefits, petting dogs and cats also has stress-relieving physiological benefits. The study results demonstrated that just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs can produce a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.