Those with strong and highly reactive emotions benefit from feline interventions when it comes to stress relief programs.
Pet ownership helps improve the well-being of those who have low resilience to stress. However, an unhealthy emotional attachment to pets, where a person considers the animal to be more important than friends, can increase loneliness and impact mental health.
Children who experience the death of a pet may experience long-lasting and profound grief, which could lead to subsequent mental health problems. Researchers found strong emotional attachment to a pet may result in measurable psychological distress that serves as an indicator of depression in children and adolescents for three years or more after their animal dies.
Findings could help animal shelters to improve the pet adoption process and find the perfect pet partner for people.
The more subservient behavior of dogs makes their owners more willing to pay when it comes to spending on vet bills and luxury pet items.
Researchers report a 41% increase in the prescription of opioids for small animals over the past 10 years. The study reports the increase could potentially provide human access to the drugs, fueling the opioid epidemic.
People who were raised in cities and without a family pet show significantly higher levels of an immune system component following a stressful event, researchers report.
An increasing number of students are bringing pets to college for emotional support and comfort.
A new study reports a little extra stress and stimulation makes excitable dogs crack under pressure, while more mellow animals get an edge.