Having a pet at home acted as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new study from the UK shows.
The study -- from the University of York and the University of Lincoln -- found that having a pet was linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness.
More than 90 per cent of the 6000 UK respondents surveyed said that their pet had helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96 per cent said their pet had helped keep them fit and active.
"We also discovered that in this study, the strength of the emotional bond with pets did not statistically differ by animal species, meaning that people in our sample felt on average as emotionally close to, for example, their guinea pig as they felt to their dog." - Dr Elena Ratschen, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK.
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