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Lately, I spent some time browsing Web sites that discuss the benefits of having a pet. Several sites reference studies that say spending time with a furry companion can promote better health by lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and heart disease, and even help to prevent depression and other illnesses. Pet owners tend to have increased physical activity and they also make fewer doctor visits, resulting in lower medical costs.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 06/30/2010

Print Headline: A Walk in the Park Owning a pet has healthy benefits

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