Can having a pet help your heart?

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses how your pet can help your heart, live on "GMA."
2:33 | 06/07/19

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please talk to your health care provider. We are back with our series dog M.D. Let me intro you to my new friend, a collie mix. Having a pet in your life can improve your heart health and Dr. Ashton is here with her bestie, mason. You brought your own dog with you. The American heart association is encouraging people to bring their dogs to work every Friday in June. I'm doing it. I know. When you see "Gma," we all have puppies from now on, you'll know why. Exactly. Why does it work? It's interesting. This is the first time a major health organization and the American heart association taking the lead on this is working with a pet initiative because we know when we go home and we see our friends and by the way not just dogs but any pet that it just improves our mood and when you talk about the workplace, social connection and mood are kind of important to being productive so it's kind of a no-brainer. Put the two together. I had mason in the control room before. He was -- There's mikan, our executive producer. That was hair and makeup. Amazing. So it improved the mood of the studio already. A specific link between pets and heart health. Yeah, so when you talk about a vast number of Americans have pets of all kinds and then heart disease obviously the number one killer. The dog is out. Number one killer. So you can bring your dog to work. Like us here. But when you talk about the two, pets and then heart health this is kind of low hanging grout to target, things that we can do to reduce the risk of heart health and obviously not just activity but social connections super important. This little guy has a lot to say in there. But a lot of that has to do with the exercising with your dog, walking your dog. Anyone hoe is a dog owner knows you usually have to walk that dog or go for a jog with the dog. Studies have shown people who have dogs are actually at about a one-third lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You may not be able to take your iguana for a walk or take your hamster for a walk but in general people who have pets are a little bit more physically active. Lucas, you want to come with me to the white house? You'll see me there. You can ask Dr. Jen your questions on Facebook live and all of these dogs even Lucas, are up for adoption. Not mason. Everybody else you can have at

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