Are Pet Owners Really Happier or Healthier?

“While pets are undoubtedly good for some people, there is presently insufficient evidence to support the contention that pet owners are healthier or happier or that they live longer.”

Harold Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, writing in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Herzog, a pet owner and pet lover himself, says that to date, studies conducted to determine whether having a pet improves health and longevity have “produced a mishmash of conflicting results.” He calls for more scientific study into the matter.

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