Research in Australia supports the idea that the companionship of a pet is good for a person's health - the data is convincing. In fact, Pet Owners:
- Visit their GP less often than non-pet owners and use less medication
- Have, on average, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Recover quicker from surgery and illness
- Deal better with stressful situations
- Are less likely to feel lonely
- Have social support and comfort, and have higher self-esteem.