Owning a dog may help keep your heart healthy

  • Article by: ANAHAD O'CONNOR , New York Times
  • Updated: May 28, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Owning a pet, specifically a dog, can reduce stress. It also may make owners more active, but only if they walk Fido regularly.

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nomedsMay. 27, 13 9:00 PM

Actually, it was the opposite for me. For the past 9 months, I took care of my kid's dog while she attended school and the dog has a type A personality and really caused me more stress. Luckily, this summer I am without the dog and I am stress free.

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bizsmithMay. 28, 13 6:18 AM

I figure that my dogs have walked me more than 20,000 miles over the years. I can't imagine being without my best friends.

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flusher75May. 28, 13 6:54 AM

My dog and I hike almost every weekend except between the time coon trapping season starts and bobcat trapping season ends. It's just too dangerous to be in the woods at that time. We normally go for 2-3 hours at a time. It's really fun to go cross country on skis or snowshoes in the winter when the wetlands are frozen.

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awshucksMay. 28, 1312:44 PM

My dog has done miracles for me as I battle with a recent diagnosis of MS. I can't walk her great distances anymore, but every day I'm outside a few times, walking (slowly) around the block, throwing the frisbee for her, moving around and playing. She keeps me moving, I don't know that I'd have much incentive to do so without her. Thanks, Zena!

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Earlybird39May. 28, 13 8:32 PM

It's kind of ironic that in a story about how a dog can help your health they accompany it with a picture of a dog licking someone's face. You do know where that tongue has been, don't you? Keep a dog's mouth off of your own face and you'll stay a lot healthier. There are plenty of ways to share affection without sharing fecal matter.

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