NEW YORK – Dogs could add years to your life.
According to new research from the University of Toronto, dog owners had a lowered the risk of dying early by 24-percent.
The group analyzed data from 4 million people in six countries.
For those who already had a heart attack, the risk of dying was lowered by 31-percent.
A major factor could be pet owners who walk their dogs got up to 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Studies also show petting dogs can reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression.