We've long known about the ability of dogs to lift our spirits.
But some new studies have very specific physical ways your four-legged pal can improve your family's health.
According to research, people with dogs visit the doctor less.
If you have heart disease, you might want to consider getting a cat.
Those who never owned one were 40% more likely to die from a heart attack.
Just watching your pet can calm the nerves.
Doctors also say dust found in homes with dogs may actually make kids less likely to develop asthma.
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