The social support provided by a pet might also encourage more social interactions with people, reducing feelings of isolation or loneliness.
When the dog was present, children had lower blood pressure measures, lower heart rates, and less behavioral distress.
However, research on the health benefits of child and animal interaction is still limited.
Some people are more attached to their pets than others and those feelings could influence the impact of the pet on the person’s health.
Other factors such as gender and marital status may play a role.