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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.

If you've ever shared your home with a pet, you know that an animal can bring love and companionship into your life. But could your furry friend also protect you against heart disease and help you live longer? Research suggests it might—although the protective effects depend on which type of animal you have and how you interact with your pet.

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