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Getting a pet is good for your health

Q: My wife and I are retired. I would like to get a dog, but she says it would be too stressful. I say a dog would keep us more active and healthy. Who is right? A: You both are. The purchase of a dog, or other pet, is more than just buying another object for your home. It is a commitment to a living thing that will depend on you for everything. To do this without regard to the costs and responsibilities that go along with it does a disservice to both pet and owner and can be very stressful. Animal shelters are full of pets that their owners abandoned when they realized they could not care for them. That said, there are many health benefits to pet ownership. It is well established that our...

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