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Why having a pet is good for your health

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Owning a dog can help you get more active, if you take your pet out for a daily walk. According to a 2012 study from Japan, older
dog owners reported more hours per week of physical activity than non-dog owners.

Could owning a pet help you live longer? Possibly—if you get the right type of pet.

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