Does Having A Companion Animal Lead To Better Health?
A research study examining the health of companion animal owners, based upon data from a 15 year HeSSup Study originally administered in 1998.
This study examines the relationship between companion animal ownership and health and disease indicators, by taking into account socio-demographic factors with health risk factors.
According to the findings of this study, companion animal ownership is associated with poor health, which is contrary to previously published studies.
BMI was the risk factor most highly associated with companion animal ownership. According to this study, “companion animal owners set in their ways and getting older were found to have a slightly higher BMI than the rest.”