Study finds pets help to improve owner wellbeing

Woman walking her dog on the beach at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Woman walking her dog on the beach at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

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Pets help to improve happiness and wellbeing, according to research released to mark National Pet Month.

A study commission by Snetterton-based dog food producer Natures Menu, revealed 83pc of pet owners think having a pet has improved their general wellbeing.

Dogs came out on top as the pet which makes people feel most content.

Nearly 60pc of people said after a stressful day at work, spending time with a dog or cat can help soothe them and reduce anxiety levels.

Other ways owners said their pets had a positive impact includes, that they are always happy to see their owner, their cuddlieness, and the sense of self-worth they provide in people.

Dogs can also be good for people’s health with one in three of the 1,001 who took part in the study admitting their furry-friends encouraged them to go out for a walk and enjoy the great outdoors.

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