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Can pets make us healthier?

Can pets make us healthier?

Q: Since this issue’s theme is health and wellness, I thought I’d ask and answer this month’s question: Can having pets make us healthier?

A: A resounding yes!

So many of us are feeling stressed these days, overwhelmed by the “convenience” of the never-ending flood of information offered by digital devices. Paying attention to a pet — whether we’re walking the dog, playing with the cat, admiring the beauty of tropical fish, listening to the warbling of a bird, or watching the cute activities of pocket pets like hamsters — can give us a much-needed break.

And the benefits are both physical and mental.