Health Benefits of Owning a Pet
According to the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, about 90.5 million homes have at least one pet. Newsinhealth.nih.gov claims that there are emotional and physical benefits to owning a pet. “97% of doctors believe that there are health benefits to owning a pet.” According to habri.org.
There are many emotional benefits to having a pet. Some include decreasing stress, reducing loneliness, and boosting moods. According to HABRI (human-animal bond research institute), “74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership.”
Owning a pet provides companionship. According to helpguide.org, “Caring for an animal can help make you feel needed and wanted and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone.” Healthyagingpoll.org says that “more than half (52%) of pet owners cited companionship as their main reason for getting a pet.”
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