Want to live longer? Get a dog

EMBED </>More Videos

Want to live longer? Get a dog

The secret to having a longer life is actually found in man's best friend, according to a new study.

New research suggests dog owners are happier, healthier and less likely to die from heart-related conditions.
RELATED: 'Houston Pets Alive' works to make Houston no-kill city

A Swedish study analyzed more than 3 million people over the age of 40 in their research.

Researchers found those who own dogs tend to be more active and have a lower body mass index.
RELATED: Family dog helps police capture suspect

There are also social benefits to having a dog as dog owners are more likely to interact with each other.

Report a typo to the ABC13 staff
Related Topics:
pets-animalsstudydogdogspetspet adoptionHouston
(Copyright ©2018 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.)