Likewise, researchers say that the timing of when a pet is in the family is also important.
For example, walking with a dog has been found to increase social interaction, especially with strangers, compared to walking without a dog.
Among elderly people, pet ownership might also be an important source of social support that enhances well-being.
Animals play an important role in many people’s lives.
In addition to seeing-eye dogs and dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, animals can also be used in occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover.