Owning a pet is beneficial to your health, according to a study, conducted by Sandra Barker, PhD, professor of psychiatry, and director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University, and her husband, Dr. Randolph Barker, showing that pets are beneficial to our health. That’s great news for those of us who own pets.
Here in the U.S, more than 57 percent of households live with one or more companion animals. We dote on our pets, and in return they provide companionship and unconditional love. Click the gallery for 7 ways pets keep us healthy.
Michele C. Hollow writes about pets and wildlife for Parade and other publications. She writes the animal advocacy blog, Pet News and Views and is the author of The Everything Guide to Working with Animals. Connect with her on Twitter.