Beneficial Effects of Pet Ownership on Some Aspects of Human Health and Behaviour

@article{Serpell1991BeneficialEO,
  title={Beneficial Effects of Pet Ownership on Some Aspects of Human Health and Behaviour},
  author={J. Serpell},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  year={1991},
  volume={84},
  pages={717 - 720}
}
  • J. Serpell
  • Published 1991
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
A 10-month prospective study was carried out which examined changes in behaviour and health status in 71 adult subjects following the acquisition of a new pet (either dogs or cats). A group of 26 subjects without pets served as a comparison over the same period. Both pet-owning groups reported a highly significant reduction in minor health problems during the first month following pet acquisition, and this effect was sustained in dog owners through to 10 months. The pet-acquiring groups also… Expand

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