Pet Ownership

Dr. Christina Brown joined us for these pshychological benefits of pet ownership:

Psychological ​Benefits of Pet Ownership, including lowered blood pressure, bonding and companionship, meaning (e.g. giving a person a reason to get out of bed every day), exercise motivation (e.g. taking dog for walk), decreased cortisol (stress hormone), increases in oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine (linked to positive feelings)


Considerations for choosing a pet: activity level, children, time commitment, traveling, financial resources. For example, a young adult who like the outdoors and has lots of energy may want a larger dog who enjoys going running or paddleboarding; an older adult may want a smaller dog who sits in their lap; a person who travels a lot for work may want a more independent pet like a cat. 


Also need to match personalities- even within types of animals or breeds, some are more affectionate, independent, or even aggressive.


Consider adopting a pet from a shelter, including middle-age or older pets. They can be very loving and affectionate and do not require housebreaking. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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