For pet's sake: Health benefits from pets often go unnoticed
A California study of over 41,000 people showed that those owning a dog walked an additional 19 minutes per week. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, showed that people that did not own dogs were more likely to walk to work. However, the pet owners participated in more leisure walking, and more overall walking, which supports the association between dog ownership and physical activity. Walking behaviors of cat owners were similar to non-pet owners.