Can Pets Help You Live Longer and Happier?

By John Swartzberg How dogs and cats may help your heart. Back when she was younger and friskier, I used to bring my golden retriever with me to the UC Berkeley campus for some of my lectures. She'd plop her furry frame down next to me while I was speaking and flash her classic "golden smile" at the hall full of students. There's nothing scientific to this, of course, but I'm quite certain that everyone in my class was much more happy when she was around than when I came to class without her. (Sometimes I think they would have preferred that she ran the class!) Pets make people happy. It's hard to argue with this, although not everyone is an animal person, of course. Still, about 60 percent of American households have at least one pet, and there are about 165 million cats and dogs here--perhaps more than half the human population. It's, pretty clear that our furry (and sometimes feathered or scaly) friends bring joy to our lives. But do they do anything to benefit our health? There's some good evidence out there that the answer is yes. Find out how Pets May Help You Live Longer. Let me start with a cautionary note, though. Most of the studies that have been done on this subject are observational studies, not randomized, double-blind controlled trials, the gold standard of science. It would be challenging, if not impossible, to randomly assign 100 families to adopt a dog or cat and raise it for the rest of its life, and assign another similar hundred families to s...
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Source: Annals of Medicine and Surgery - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Herbal Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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