Survey Shows Our Dogs Help Us Cope With Lockdown Loneliness & Mental Health Struggles
Alone can be difficult. Especially when we are forced into solitude in the face of a disease so new to the world.
The fear and anxiety caused by the stress of the global Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 was almost too great to endure at certain moments. But as dog parents we know that thanks to our dog family we can do anything.
And a recent coronavirus lockdown survey showed that it is!
The University of York and the University of Lincoln surveyed 6,000 UK residents when they were in Covid-19 lockdown from March to June. And a fact that has proven to be almost universal?
Animal companions helped their people clear the barrier.
Cuddling our companions made everything a little easier
Of the six thousand respondents surveyed, 90% said they had pets at home. The same percentage said, “Your pet helped them deal emotionally with the lockdown.”
Daniel Mills, professor in the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences and co-author of the study, stated, “This work is particularly important right now as it shows how a companion animal in your home can protect itself from some of the psychological stresses that come with connected to the lockdown. “
But as dog parents are used to, they are still worried about their furry favorites. In fact, 68% of participants were concerned about what would become of their animals if they became infected with Covid-19. People also expressed concern about getting medical help for their pet if needed.
Although respondents had these concerns, they still felt much better when they had their furry companion by their side. Because as we already know, we are never really alone when we have our dogs with us. Their love encourages us to be the best versions of ourselves because if we are not well then how are they going to be okay?
The love of an animal, fur, feather or scales, makes the world brighter
The survey also found that it didn’t seem to matter whether a companion animal was feline, canine, feathery, or scaly. The emotional connection was there anyway.
The lead author, Dr. Elena Ratschen, from the Department of Health Sciences at York University, said, “We also found that in this study, the strength of emotional attachment to pets did not differ statistically between species, meaning that the people in our sample felt on average as emotionally close as, for example, to their guinea pig, as they felt for their dog. “
No wonder there! All animals are great!
While the information was included in light of the recent lockdown, the impact of the survey looks promising given the overall mental health and animal community. “The results of this study also showed possible links between people’s mental health and the emotional bonds they make with their pets,” said Dr. Ratchets.
However, the results of this survey should not provide definitive answers about the mental health status and the animals. But at least we talked about the correlation.
As dog lovers, we have long known that one key to a happier, more productive life is giving love and being loved by a dog. We are happy that the rest of the world recognizes this fact too!
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