Dogs and Health

Sorry cat lovers. I know you’re fans of your felines, but when it comes to better health, dogs may have something to bark about.

The American Heart Association has connected dog ownership to a reduced risk of heart disease. Dogs were even associated with lower stress levels and a healthier reaction to stressful events.

One simple answer is, having a dog increases the chance you’ll be out walking, but our furry friends provide much more. Pet ownership overall—cats included—has been linked to better physical, psychological and emotional health.

Of course, a pet can only do so much. Ultimately, good health is your responsibility. A sedentary lifestyle, with or without Fido, will leave you in the doghouse.

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