There is a wide range of research that points to the positive impact pets have on our general health.
Research has established that pets create a valuable connection with people.
Pets are more than a simple playmate or confidante. Research shows that pets can also aid childhood development.
The positive role pets play later in life is particularly significant for those living in nursing homes.
Australian universities are at the forefront of research into dogs and exercise and there is a growing body of evidence that owners are healthier.
The impact of animal companions on cardiovascular health was first recognised in the early 1980s.
Research suggests the presence of cats and dogs in the home from an early age may acclimatise the immune system so that it is less sensitive to allergens in later life.
Research is now exploring how pets help build social bridges in our communities.