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Dogs really can chase away loneliness

Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely. Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help. But our study, published today in [...]

By |2019-11-08T11:48:23+11:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mental Health Benefits of Dogs

The health benefits of owning dogs goes well beyond the physical domain. In fact, the benefits of dogs in helping people with psychological disabilities have been well documented in scientific research as well. Mental and emotional well-being are directly related to human health when we take a holistic approach. The CDC reports that over 43 [...]

By |2018-09-18T11:09:15+10:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

4 Ways a Pet Increases Your Lifespan

Dogs, cats and other animal friends are more important than we realise. Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof. A new study has found dog ownership is linked to improved heart health for humans. This is an important finding, given heart disease is [...]

By |2018-01-22T10:55:40+11:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Animals More Capable Of Empathy Than Previously Thought

The prairie vole is capable of consoling behaviour that previously has only been known in humans and a few higher animals, such as chimpanzees. Photo: PA A new study has found that prairie voles will console other voles who are feeling stressed - which researchers have described as evidence of empathy. A study [...]

Cats Don’t Love You, Scientists Conclude

Your cat is just fine on its own. Photo: Getty Images Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves, and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a study has shown. Although absent owners might worry that their pet is pining, in fact, cats show no sign of separation [...]