10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

They're cute, they're cuddly--and they're also good for your health! (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Jul 18, 2014 at 6:44PM

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10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

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They're Good for Your Heart

The stress relief provided by petting and cuddling with your pet can offer big benefits for your cardiovascular health. Research from the NIH shows that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are less likely to die from heart health complications. And in a decades-long study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, published in 2008, cat owners were found to be 60 percent less likely to die of a heart attack and 70 percent less likely to die of any type of cardiovascular disease than people without a feline friend.

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