Scientist view on benefits of a Pet


There is no doubt that living with pets benefits us. Scientist all over the world has tried to quantified the benefit through their research. In this article, we have tried to show some notable benefit of keeping pets.

More years to live

Some scientist at the University of Pennsylvania it was found that pet owners who had been hospitalized for heart diseases, including heart attacks, showed significant survival rate a year later than a control group without a pet.  The presence of a pet in the family is a stronger predictor of survival than having a spouse or family support. That’s irony, isn’t it!!

No Depression

Pets can help bereaved people who spouse have diet, they are less prone to go to depression. less prone to a feeling of isolation and despair. They had better general health and require less medication.

Illustration on benefits of pet ownership

High Self Esteem

Research by James Serpell at Cambridge University showed that people who recently acquired dog developed a greater sense of security and self-esteem. Their general health improved partly because of the increased amount of exercise they took in walking the dog. They suffered less from minor ailments such as cold, flu or a headache.


Immunity against diseases

Pets boost human immune system as well. In a study in year 2004 Charnetski et al. reported a significant increase in salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA), an indicator of good immune system functioning, in college students after stroking a live dog in comparison to stroking a stuffed dog or sitting quietly for 18 min.


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Post Author: Dr Suranjan Sarkar

Dr Suranjan Sarkar is a small animal veterinarian, working in this field since 1996. His area of expertise includes emergency and critical care medicine. He writes a blog to share his experiences in areas of his interest such as veterinary, pets, gardening, occult, social media etc. He says” One can express all his feelings by writing only”.

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