The researchers recruited respondents by distributing the link to their survey on webpages for dog owners and on social media. Study participants recruited in this way were mostly females (93%) between 18 and 73 years of age. Despite all the benefits, it’s important to remember that a pet is not a miracle cure for mental health issues. Owning a pet is beneficial and comforting only for those who love and appreciate domestic animals and have the time and money to keep a pet happy and healthy. If you’re simply not an “animal person,” pet ownership is not going to provide you with any health benefits or improve your life. Pets have a considerable environmental impact, especially in countries where they are common or held in high densities.
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