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Surprising Ways Having a Dog Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

With their wagging tails and human-like expressions, it’s no wonder so many people turn to dogs for companionship. But what dog owners may not know is that their four-legged friends have a positive impact on their heart health. Here are the surprising ways having a pooch can reduce your risk of heart disease.

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American Eskimo Dog resting on grass with a gold tag around its neck.

American Eskimo Dog resting on grass with a gold tag around its neck. Your pup can help you get fit. | Blendshapes/iStock/Getty Images

Many studies have been done on the connection between pet ownership and cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association says. It has been found that dog owners in particular have a lower risk of heart disease. While there isn’t a clear-cut connection between the two, there are a couple aspects that experts believe make dogs beneficial to your heart health.

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