Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010

Writing in the British Journal of Health Psychology, Dr Deborah Wells, a psychologist from Queen's University, Belfast, reviewed dozens of earlier research papers which looked at the health benefits of pet ownership and said dog owners tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol and suffered fewer minor ailments and serious medical problems. She confirmed that pet owners tended in general to be healthier than the average member of the population.

Dog-owners 'lead healthier lives', BBC News, January 21, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6279701.stm.