Pets And Mental Health Statistics [Fresh Research]

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"74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership, according to a research survey by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)."

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"Pet owners are 60% more likely to get to know people in their neighborhood, promoting social interaction and reducing feelings of loneliness, according to a 2015 paper in Plos One."

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"When interacting with dogs, oxytocin – a hormone related to stress and anxiety relief – increases by 57.2%, according to a 2014 study in Frontiers in Psychology."

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"40% of pet owners who experienced long-term mental health issues stated that having a pet provided them with a “strong sense of identity, self-worth and existential meaning,” according to a 2019 study in BMC Psychiatry."

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"Elderly dog owners are 34% more likely to achieve the recommended physical activity levels, improving mood and overall mental health, according to a 2019 study in Scientific Reports."

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"A 2020 Mental Health Foundation study found that 68% of pet owners in the UK felt their pet provided emotional and mental health benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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"A 2018 study in BMC Psychiatry found that 60% of pet owners with a long-term mental health condition felt their pet acted as a “form of encouragement” for them to manage their mental health."

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"A 2007 study in Anthrozoös demonstrated that the anxiety levels of people with Alzheimer’s disease decrease significantly in the presence of an aquarium."

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"According to a 2021 study in the journal Animals, cat owners have a 22% lower chance of dying from a heart attack."

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"A 2019 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that dog owners tend to have lower levels of depression and greater life satisfaction compared to non-dog owners."

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"A 2018 study in The Lancet Psychiatry found that spending time around horses can reduce ADHD symptoms in children and improve their emotional well-being."

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"A 2019 study in Frontiers in Veterinary Science found that college students who lived with pets experienced 23% less stress than students without pets."

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"According to a 2020 study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder who engaged with guinea pigs had increased social engagement and reduced stress levels."

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