By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New research shows that owning a pet may be good for your heart. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic compared the health of 1,700 pet owners to non-pet owners.

They found that owning a pet was linked to better cardiovascular health.

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The greatest health boost was for dog owners.

Researchers believe that is because of the physical activity that they get walking or working out with their dogs.