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    Experiments and Studies

      Definition

      It is believed that pet ownership has some proven health benefits for different physical, psychological and cognitive conditions like blood pressure, stress and learning disabilities especially for the elderly and children.

      Background Information

    • The Health Benefits of Pets 1 [View Resource]
    • The Health Benefits of Pets 2 [View Resource]
    • How Owning a Dog or Cat Can Reduce Stress [View Resource]
    • Health Benefits of Animal Companions [View Resource]
    • The Health Benefits of Pets [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments and Lesson Plans

    • CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People Teaching Kit [View Experiment]
    • Pets: Love & Responsibility - Lesson Plan [View Experiment]
    • Animal Shelters and Volunteerism [View Experiment]
    • Pet Responsibility Lesson Plan [View Experiment]
    • Pet Dogs Benefit Owners’ Health: A ‘Natural Experiment’ in China [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Studies and Articles

    • Pet Ownership, but Not ACE Inhibitor Therapy, Blunts Home Blood Pressure Responses to Mental Stress [View Experiment]
    • To Have or Not To Have a Pet for Better Health? [View Experiment]
    • Pets and Health: The Impact of Companion Animals [View Experiment]
    • On the Positive Consequences of Pet Ownership [View Experiment]
    • Pet Ownership, Attachment and Health-Rated Quality of Life in New Zealand [View Experiment]
    • Effect of dog-walking on autonomic nervous activity in senior citizens [View Experiment]
    • Gender Differences in Owners Interacting with Pet Dogs: An Observational Study [View Experiment]
    • Relations between companion animals and self-reported health in older women: cause, effect or artifact? [View Experiment]
    • Culture change for the aging and companion animals in nursing homes: benefits, risks, barriers and best practices [View Experiment]
    • Health Benefits of Animal Companions [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Pet ownership to weight status: a path analysis [View Thesis]
    • The physical and emotional benefits of companion animals [View Thesis]
    • Doing right by our animal companions [View Thesis]



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