Have dogs? Then you know both how much joy they can bring to a home, and also how expensive it can be to keep a dog healthy. Research shows that owning a dog is good for your health. And common sense says that a healthy dog is better for your health than a sick dog. And, as we all know, it’s better for your financial health, as well. Let’s face it. Veterinarians and pet medications are not cheap.

According to the ASPCA, dog owners spend more than $1,000 on their pets in the first year alone. And financial planning website MoneyUnder30.com recommends that dog owners set aside as much as $2,000 for emergency medical expenses. Common sense says that anything we can do to cut down ownership expenses down while keeping our pets healthy is a good investment in our own health and happiness.

Pain, as we all well know, can slow us down quite a bit. It can also trigger depression. These, in turn, can result in a reduction in physical activity which can then further affect health both in the short- and long-term. In particular reduced activity can result in poor circulatory health which can have serious consequences

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