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Animals bring special ‘connection’

August 11, 2013
Dr. Rebekah Frost , The OBSERVER

According to Wikipedia, the humananimal bond can be defined as "a connection between people and animals, domestic or wild." Animals were once used solely for a functional purposes - horses for transportation, dogs for protection, hunting, and herding, and cats for rodent control. Today, a pet's purpose is mainly for human companionship. A study through the University of Pennsylvania found that a physical connection with animals significantly reduces the symptoms of stress including heart rate, anxiety, and blood pressure.



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