Health benefits of pet ownership

Research studies from around the world have found that pets may offer health benefits to their owners, including:

  • People who walk their dogs are seen by other people as friendly and approachable.
  • A study of patients waiting in dentist surgeries found that watching fish swim around in an aquarium is as effective at reducing stress as hypnosis.
  • Stroking and patting a pet can reduce the physiological indicators of stress, including high blood pressure.
  • The non-judgemental companionship and unconditional love offered by pets is known to have considerable mental health benefits for owners, including increased self-esteem.