We take it for granted that pets are miracle workers for your health. In print, on TV and online, pets get credit for reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, reducing stroke risk and even extending our lives. If you’re a pet lover, you’ve probably shared a few of those articles on your social media accounts. As exciting and as affirming as those stories are, there’s a lot we don’t know about how animals affect their human companions. Today on HealthConnections, what we know and don’t know about the human-animal bond.
Our guest is Dr. Zenithson Ng, a researcher at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. His specialty is the bond between pets and their human companions.