Owning a dog could help you live longer

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Did you know that dogs could add years to your life? That’s according to new research from the University of Toronto.

Researchers found dog owners had a lowered the risk of dying early by 24 percent. For those who already had a heart attack, the risk of dying was lowered by 31 percent. A major factor could be pet owners who walk their dogs got up to 30 minutes of exercise a day.

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Studies also show petting dogs can reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

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