If you’re a dog owner, it won’t surprise you that your favorite little friend is “as healthy as a horse”, but you may not realize that your heart is likely too! According to a recent study released by Mayo Clinic, dog owners tend to have better cardiovascular health as compared to both non dog owners and other pet owners.

Owners of any type of pet scored better for cardiovascular health than non pet owners, but dog owners scored higher than both. The reason? Dog owners tend to be more active than non dog owners, which is paying off in big “healthy heart” dividends.

So for your dog’s happiness and your heart health, get out there and show off that cute best friend of yours on some long walks!