Study: Pet Ownership Linked to Heart Health

We love our pets, and new research shows our hearts love them too!

A new study shows that owning a pet could go a long way toward keeping your heart healthy.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic looked at more than 1,700 people for the study.

They compared those who own pets to those who didn’t. The greatest health boost was for dog owners.

Researchers believe that’s because of the physical activity they get, specifically going for more walks or even working out with their dogs.

There are other health benefits too, like stress relief, more relaxation, and helping owners feel less lonely.

Researchers remind you that you can maintain good heart health even without a dog.

That’s by sitting down less, limiting processed foods and added sugars in your diet, and not smoking.