… a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier.
Be sure to read Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other by Julie Rovner and originally shared on npr’s Morning Edition.
From this excellent post:
- One of the earliest studies, published in 1980, found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn’t.
- Another early study found that petting one’s own dog could reduce blood pressure.
- The program, operated through the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, offers scientists research grants to study the impact of animals on child development, in physical and psychological therapeutic treatments, and on the effects of animals on public health, including their ability to reduce or prevent disease.