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Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?

By Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood

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Abstract

People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health, yet there has been no discussion of practical ways to integrate companion animals into health care and promotion.  A rapid review of the literature was conducted in relation to pets/companion animals and health. Primary information sources included articles located in major citation databases (e.g. PubMed and Scopus). A snowballing technique was used to identify additional studies in bibliographies of relevant papers.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Publisher Flinders University
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2328/36354
Language English
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. animal companionship
  4. Animal roles
  5. Cats
  6. Dogs
  7. Health
  8. Human-animal bond
  9. Human-animal relationships
  10. Mammals
  11. Mental health and well-being
  12. Pet ownership
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Physical health and well-being