Doc Talk #159 – Animals and Health

Want to know the impact of pets of health? Or the effect of dolphins on depression? We talked about the history of domesticating animals and the how furry friends improve our wellbeing.

There is a growing global trend of pet ownership and

That study we talked about linking pet ownership and reduced death from heart attacks is available here.

Pets can impact our wellness in a number of way, including psychological health, promoting social connectedness and in more formal ways (animal-assisted activities, animal therapy and service animals.

We also provide some tips on how to behave around service animals (which should decidedly not be considered pets).

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