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How can owning a pet improve my romantic relationship?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

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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