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Pet Stress Relief

Who do you turn to when you need support and comfort in a stressful situation? If you answered your spouse or best friend, and you’re a pet-owner, you might want to try your dog or cat instead. In a study done by Karen Allen PhD, SUNY Buffalo and James Blascovich PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, pets can decrease stress better than a spouse or friend. Heart rate and blood pressure significantly decreased during a stressful event in the presence of their pets. Interestingly, for non-pet owners, there was no difference in response between support conditions (friend, spouse, friend and spouse). If you are a pet-owner, does your pet help calm and relax you? (Photo courtesy of http://realdealondogs.wordpress.com/)