Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: dogs | immunity | emotional support
OPINION

Your Dog May Extend Your Life

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:20 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Man’s best friend may be helping pet owners remain healthy and live longer.

A study including 3.4 million Swedes, published in the journal Scientific Reports, indicates that people who live alone and are dog owners have a 33 percent lower risk of death than single people who are not pet owners.

People living with others also enjoyed health benefits from owning a dog, but to a lesser extent. Breed of dog also made a difference: Owners of terriers, retrievers, scent hounds, and other hunting breeds experienced the greatest protection.

The researchers did not determine why dogs may protect the health of their owners, but several possible factors include a strengthened immune system, better social well-being, and increased exercise from taking dogs on walks.

Having a dog as a companion also offers a form of emotional support, which may reduce levels of stress.

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A study including 3.4 million Swedes, published in the journal Scientific Reports, indicates that people who live alone and are dog owners have a 33 percent lower risk of death.
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