Study: Dogs help owners maintain a healthier heart

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Dog walks aren't just good for your pet, they could help keep your heart healthy

With temperatures again pushing 90 degrees, animal activists say it's important to remember to take precautions with your pets, especially their paws.

(CNN) – The unconditional love of man’s best friend might make our hearts happy, but there is another reason dogs are true life-savers.

A new study published Friday found that owning a pet, especially a dog, helps keep hearts healthy.

That’s because dog owners get a lot of exercise.

Pets also reduce stress and increase socialization.

Researchers began following 2,000 people in the Czech Republic with no history of heart disease five years ago.

They looked at several lifestyle factors and found that dogs benefitted patients’ hearts more than anything else.

So the next time your four-legged bestie is begging for a walk, don’t delay. Grab the leash.

It’s good for you both!

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