Pets Beneficial to Your Health

We all want to lead happy and healthy lives.

Having a pet may give us a better chance to do that.

Snowbear is Liane Mikorey's best friend.

Despite two hip replacements, Liane walks 5to 6 miles a day with the help of Snowbear.

The walks improve her bone density, blood pressure, circulation, lung function and lower her risk for heart disease.

Veterinarian Marc Rosenberg says dogs also promote social interaction.

They give people something to talk about and someone to talk to. "The crazy thing is if anybody tells you they don't talk to their dog or cat, they're not telling the truth," says Dr. Marc Rosenberg. "Medical studies show exercise on a regular basis is better than random exercise and when you have a dog that dog doesn't allow you to exercise simply when you want."

Doctors say pets are nonjudgmental animals who love you unconditionally.

Because they lower your stress, you feel happier, and have a better life.

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