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Good news on Blue Monday
18th January 2016

By Karen Pickwick



New research conducted by online retailer MedicAnimal in time for today (‘Blue Monday’) – said to be the most depressing day of the year – has demonstrated the huge impact of pet ownership on health.

MedicAnimal’s chief veterinary officer, Andrew Bucher, says the health benefits of pet ownership are not only physical, but also extend to mental health.

The retailer’s research shows that humans have a strong emotional connection to their pets and that they have tangible benefits to our mental and psychological wellbeing.
 
The survey measured responses of more than 2,200 respondents, all of whom own one or more pets. Key findings were:
 
98% of dog owners, 96% cat owners agreed that their pet was a member of the family
84% dog owners felt that having a dog helped them have more positive relationships with other people
64% of people felt more confident meeting new people if their dog was also present
73% strongly believed their dog was good for their mental health;
62% of people strongly viewed their dog as a source of emotional support
78% of people believed their cat intuitively understood how they were feeling
86% of people thought that owning a cat had made them a happier person.
 
Andrew said: “Britain has long been touted as a nation of animal lovers, which was confirmed last year when we spent a record £6bn on our pets, but these findings demonstrate how important our pets are to our physical and mental wellbeing.
 
“It will come as no surprise to pet owners that our animals are good for us. However, the results of this survey really do highlight the extent to which humans depend on their pets to give them confidence in their relationships with other people and in maintaining strong mental health.
 
“January may be cold, dark, wet and depressing, and Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year, however, the love, partnership and affection we show our pets is very much a two-way relationship. They bring us so many benefits and it’s important we remember to repay them by treating them well and caring for their needs just as though they were a member of the family.”