Why having a pet is a healthy choice

Posted 03/12/2014 | By HealthCorps

A recent article in The Dogington Post highlights one of the many benefits of owning a dog.  In fact, the study published in the journal Circulation, suggests that owning a pet, particularly a dog, could reduce your risk of heart disease.

The studies are not definitive but they seem to suggest that either that ownership of a pet directly improves heart health, or, that healthier people seem to have pets, so there is simply an “association” with the heart health outcomes.

The researchers do say that these finding should not propel someone to purchase or adopt a pet simply for heart health benefits.  But they so say that if you are considering adopting, buying or rescuing a pet, there may be additional health benefits.  Certainly giving a pet a loving home is a win-win for owner and animal.

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