Pets linked to better mental health during lockdown

Pets linked to better mental health during lockdown

NEW DELHI | SEPT 27, 2020:

Studies have shown that living with pets during COVID-19 lockdown lessens psychological stress as it helps to calm mental health and reduces loneliness.

According to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that 90 percent of the 6,000 participants who were from the UK had at least one pet.

The bond between human-animal is not different from the most common pets, be it cats, dogs, small mammals and fish.

Over 90 percent of the respondents said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown, and 96 percent said their pet helped keep them fit and active.

However, 68 percent of the pet owners worried about their animals during the lockdown, because of restrictions on access to veterinary care.

"However, everyone must appreciate their pet's needs too, as our other work shows failing to meet these can have a detrimental effect for both people and their pets," said a researcher.

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