Senior adults can see health benefits from dog ownership

Researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that older adults who also are pet owners benefit from the bonds they form with their canine companions. Dog walking is associated with lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, more frequent exercise and an increase in social benefits for seniors.


Photo: Elderly woman playing with her dog in a forest; Copyright: and Danielle Kaufmann

A study showed that having a dog and walking were related to increases in physical health among older adults; © and Danielle Kaufmann