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A PET ALL DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY - Bruce Headey, Melbourne, Australia

A large-scale survey of more than 11,000 Australians, Chinese and Germans proved pet-owners enjoy better health. Over a five year period, pet owners made 15 - 20% fewer annual visits to the doctor than non pet-owners. Results showed that the healthiest group - those who went to the doctor least - was those who continuously owned a pet. The next healthiest group had obtained a pet during the study period, having not had one before. The least healthy groups were people who had never owned a pet, or no longer did.