Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills
By Serena Gordon
Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests.
Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers. Their review of 17 studies found that pets can provide comfort, alleviate worry, loneliness, and isolation, increase physical activity and provide a distraction from symptoms.