Pets: Pets Beat Stress

Society | April 16, 2004, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

According to recent research conducted by Hill's Pet Nutrition, pets play an essential part in our well being, by helping to beat stress and depression.

Sixty % of British pet owners claim that spending time with their pet is their favourite way to relax, while 68 % agree that their pet is their best stress reliever and helps them through rough times.

Commenting on the survey results, leading relationship psychologist, Susan Quilliam, commented: "Pets are wonderful company, contact with a pet - even a goldfish - leaves you more relaxed and confident in yourself... Pets improve your physical and emotional well being because contact with a pet releases feel-good endorphins that lower the heart rate and boost the immune system. Pet owners visit doctors less often, recover faster from illness and are less likely to be depressed."
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