Pets Heal the Mind
Spending time with a pet is a proven way to relieve stress and lift your spirits. Studies have found that pet owners feel less lonely, are more socially active, have better self-esteem and handle negative feelings better than people who don’t have pets.Read more
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Up to 97%
That’s how accurately trained dogs
can detect early cancers
Michael Roizen, MD
Pets & Your Health Q&As
UCLA Health People Animal Connection (PAC) Program
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
What are the health benefits of having a pet?
The health benefits of having a pet include: reduced risk of allergies, asthma and eczema; lower blood pressure; a stronger heart; improved fitness; and greater calm for Alzheimer’s patients, just to name a few . . .
- Q Is it true that hypoallergenic pets don't cause allergy
- Q What are the health benefits for seniors of owning a dog?
- Q How can pets disrupt my sleep?
- Q Can dogs detect peanuts for kids with peanut allergies?
- Q How can owning a pet improve my romantic relationship?
- Q What is cat-scratch disease?
- Q What can pets teach us about life?
- Q Can contact with a pet reptile or amphibian cause Salmonella infection?
- Q Does pet therapy help improve nutrition in Alzheimer's patients?
- Q Will my cat smother my baby?
Be Like Your Dog
Believe it or not, you can learn healthy habits by watching your dog. (Just don’t drink from the toilet.) Try these four.
Drink More Water Stop Boredom Snacking Leave Leftovers Alone Keep Moving
Cross-bred dogs like Labradoodles and Schnoodles are popular because they shed less than other dogs and are thought to be safer for people with allergies and asthma. But are they worth the high cost? Research suggests they may not be.
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Choosing a Family Pet
Thinking of getting a new pet? Great! Before you adopt, learn what types of pets may be best suited for your family.
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I love to walk. But now that the weather is getting cold and wet, I just want to stay inside under a blanket. Fortunately, I have someone who will not let me do that. She is relentless and she pesters me until I get off the couch. Her name is Lucy, and she is a German shepherd basset hound mix . . .
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