But it's not all about unconditional love—although that actually provides a wellness boost, too.
Once they started adjusting for factors such as family income, the effect completely disappeared. Serpell JA Serving as a social buffer, dogs allot children the opportunity to communicate more clearly and confidently.
You might find a young animal that appears to be abandoned and want to rescue it, but often its parent is close by.
Cats can carry a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis—a disease that can cause birth defects. Sep-Oct;64 5 Promises Treatment Centerswhich specializes in addiction, not only recommends its patients consider getting a pet, but even allows pets in its rehabilitation facilities, according to David Sack, MD, CEO of Promises.
Does having your very own little-legged Corgi affect your health? For example, 6 and 7 year old children who lived with a bird during their first year of life were more likely to have respiratory symptoms like wheezing compared to children who did not have a bird in the home as an infant.
A separate study examined the effects of pet therapy on mood and perceived quality of life in elderly patients with dementia, depression, or psychosis.