We all know all the good things that pets can bring to our homes (stained carpets aside). But they can also improve your health: Owning a dog, for example, lowers blood pressure of hypertensive people, and it does encourage walking (an hour of walking a dog in our patients gets the equivalent of 8 minutes of steps on the pedometer - so make sure you really do walk and not watch the dog). Does it relieve stress in the way that having a romantic relationship does? It's hard to tell for sure, but a couple of studies do indicate that it may. (Sorry, but cats have failed the few tests they have been used in to date.) And that's why pets are such a good source of healthy relationships, especially for those people without mates, as well as widows and widowers.
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