At Vet Supply Source, we believe that adopting a dog or cat is one of the best decisions you can make. You not only will save a life, but you may save your own life as well. A new Swedish study confirmed something that most of us already know. Owning a dog provides so many benefits to the owner that the time and financial investments are more than worth it. We just didn’t know the extent to which dog ownership could reduce the risk of death.


According to the study published this month in Scientific Reports, the biggest benefits seen were in households where adults lived alone. Dog ownership decreased the risk of death by any cause by 33% and the risk of cardiovascular death by 36%. In addition to that, a person living alone reduced their risk of having a heart attack by 11%.


While households with multiple adults experienced benefits as well, they were to a lesser extent than in the households where there was just an adult living alone. The Swedish study looked at more than three million Swedes between the ages of 40 and 80 over a 12-year period. And it’s not just dogs; there have been numerous studies that have shown how cats can help reduce anxiety levels and provide many other health benefits.


Adopting a Senior Pet


As November is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Senior Month, we wanted to take a second and talk about why you should think about adopting a senior dog or cat. Here are a few of the many reasons you may want to go to a shelter this month:


Adoption Costs: Many shelters offer discounts on senior dogs and cats. For example, some adoption shelters have programs like “Seniors for Seniors” where older adults can adopt older pets for a significant discount or even for free.


Exercise: This mainly applies to dogs, but you’re more than welcome to chase your cats around for exercise as well. In the Swedish study, researchers believed the reason why single adult households benefited so well was because the one person was responsible for walking the dog. Regular walking is linked with overall wellbeing.  


Save a Life: Older dogs and cats are more likely to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. If you want to save a dog or cat in an animal shelter, adopting a senior is the way to go.


At Vet Supply Source, we are proud to carry all of the vet supplies you’ll need to keep your pet in the best of health. We carry vitamins for cats, flea and tick supplies, various medicines for dogs, and much more. We encourage you to check out our complete supply when you make the decision to adopt a pet of any age.