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“Another big part of the benefit of dog ownership is probably its effect on mental health,” says Kazi. People who own dogs forge a connection …

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Dogs may also have an effect on the human body’s intestinal bacterial population known as the microbiome, because they introduce germs to the …

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Can cat lovers get the same benefits? “The available evidence is almost entirely about dogs,” Kazi says. There may be some mental health benef…

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Two additions to this collection of evidence come from two articles published in the October 2019 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality…

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Demographic data show that dog owners are more likely to be married, which has been linked to better health. They’re more likely to have the p…

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Studies show that people who have a dog exercise more and spend more time outside, when compared with those who don’t, says Kazi. This is true…

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Stress is another known risk factor for heart disease. A 2001 study found that pet ownership in conjunction with treatment with an ACE inhibit…

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When it comes to obedience, a variety of factors can affect a dog's disposition. Stacker looks at the dog breeds with the lowest working and o…

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