Can your pet help you cope during social distancing? Science says yes.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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WHAT: The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people all over the world to practice social distancing and stay home – but some of their housemates might be making the transition easier: their pets.

Researchers at the Center for the Human-Animal Bond in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine say pets can provide a source of social support during stressful times and that interacting with companion animals can provide stress relief that can be measured biologically. For example, a recent study showed how service dogs can have measurable positive effects on the health and well-being of individuals with physical disabilities.

Read the full story at Can your pet help you cope during social distancing? Science says yes.


Writer(s): Kevin Doerr | pvmnews@purdue.edu


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