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Furry Therapists: How Pets Contribute to Our Mental Health


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Recent scientific studies have explored the relationship between pet ownership and mental health. A study conducted in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic found that dog owners reported having significantly more social support available to them compared to potential dog owners, and their depression scores were also lower, compared to potential dog owners. However, a survey conducted by the University of York revealed that living with an animal did not improve well-being or reduce depression, anxiety, or feelings of loneliness for owners with serious mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, compared to those who live without an animal.


It is important to note that the relationship between pet ownership and mental health is complex and can vary depending on the individual and the type of pet. While some studies suggest that owning a pet can have positive effects on mental health, others have found no significant correlation. If you are considering getting a pet, it is important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks and make an informed decision that is right for you.


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Scientific References

1: Martin F, Bachert KE, Snow L, Tu H-W, Belahbib J, Lyn SA (2021) Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. PLoS ONE 16 (12): e0260676.

2: University of York. (2023, July 14). Owning a pet does not reduce symptoms of severe mental illness, a study shows. Medical Xpress.


 

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