The Washington Post
Caring goes both ways. People who take good care of their pets protect them — and the whole household — by preventing diseases from entering the home.
And pets can take care of people, too. They “stimulate talk, provide touch, ease loneliness^, and facilitate social interaction with others,” says Alan M. Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
All of which may explain why research has linked pet ownership with better emotional health and maybe even better physical health.
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