10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

They're cute, they're cuddly--and they're also good for your health! (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Jul 18, 2014 at 6:44PM

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10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

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For a child with autism, everyday activities -- especially those involving new social situations -- can be more difficult and stressful than for others. In 2010, the University of Montreal published a study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology that found the presence of service animals in the homes of children with varying degrees of autism contributed to decreased stress and anxiety. Parents of study participants reported fewer behavioral problems commonly associated with autism when they introduced a service animal into their households.

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