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Pet Ownership and Human Health: A Brief Review of Evidence and Issues

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Pet Ownership and Human Health: A Brief Review of Evidence and Issues

June McNicholas et al. BMJ.

Abstract

Research into the association between pet ownership and human health has produced intriguing, although frequently contradictory, results often raising uncertainty as to whether pet ownership is advisable on health grounds

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Fig 1
Three proposed mechanisms for association between pet ownership and health benefits for humans
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Figure 2
A Munduruku boy carries his pet, a domesticated wild boar, for a daily cleansing swim in the Rio Canuma Credit: GERD LUDWIG/PANOS
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Fig 2
Correlations between questionnaire items measuring social facilitation, affectionate relationship, social support, and recipients' self perceived health in study on non-task related benefits of a trained assistance dog to people with physical disabilities. Correlations, derived from carrying out Pearson's correlation, are significant at P<0.05
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Figure 4
Most pets are valued family members Credit: BARRY LEWIS/NETWORK PHOTOGRAPHERS

Comment in

  • Pets--pleasures and problems.
    Mayon-White R. Mayon-White R. BMJ. 2005 Nov 26;331(7527):1254-5. doi: 10.1136/bmj.331.7527.1254. BMJ. 2005. PMID: 16308388 Free PMC article. No abstract available.

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