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Did you know that owning a pet (a dog in particular) can be good for your health? There are many reasons why. Pets can help you lead a longer, healthier life by:

  • Lowering stress
  • Keeping you active
  • Helping to protect you from heart disease
  • Boosting happiness and well-being
  • Providing social and emotional support

Tips for staying active with your pet

Keep your heart – and your pet – healthy by trying these fun ideas:

  • Go for a walk – A daily walk can be good for both of you.
  • Visit a dog park – Your dog can play and you can socialize.
  • Play ball – Enjoy some fresh air and play time.
  • Have a picnic – Pack food and water for both of you, and toys for your pet.
  • Take a dip – Visit the nearest ocean, lake or pool.


  • American Heart Association
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