The Effects Pet Dogs and Cats Have On Children

Alowami, Belkees Salem (2018-05-05)

It is believed that pets have a positive influence on humans’ physical and psychological wellbeing, as well as their close relationships. In general, people who hold a positive view of people in turn hold a favorable view of pets. Childhood mental illness and obesity are significant public health problems around the world. Preventive and early intervention approaches are needed, due to these conditions starting in childhood. Pet dogs have been linked with varied positive physical and mental health benefits for adults, that are promoted by the US Public Health Service (USPHS). Although we know a lot dog ownerships affects on adults and how it may improve physical activity, body weight, and mental health, there is a lot less known about the relationship between pet dogs and children’s health. In Australia and the United Kingdom


The following report will discuss some of the positive effects dogs have on people such as the associations with healthy weight and mental health among children and the possibilities of using dogs to prevent types of chronic diseases. This report will also compare and discuss some of the negative effects cats have. The first study was crosssectional and it obtained a sample of children over 18 months in a primary caresetting with a mean age of 6&7 years old, it studied 643 children; 58% of which had pet dogs in the home. The parents of children aged 4 to 10 years completed the DartScreen, its main domains being child body mass index (BMI), physical activity, screen time, mental health, and pet-related questions. The second study was obtained through A total of 9354 children, aged 5–17 years, from 24 elementary schools and 24 middle schools in the Seven Northeastern Cities were evaluated during 2012–2013

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