To accompany ‘Pets and other animals can boost health and well-being‘
- Do you or your friends have a pet that you enjoy being around? How do you interact with these animals?
- How does it make you feel to be around a pet or other non-threatening animals?
- What does Kerri Rodriguez say is one of the biggest benefits of having a pet?
- Do non-snuggly pets like turtles also provide mood boosts?
- How did researchers measure stress levels in college students who interacted with dogs and cats? Which group of college students in the experiment showed the lowest stress levels?
- How can reading aloud to a dog help a child?
- Describe some other situations where interacting with animals can help lower someone’s stress.
- Can a service dog paired with an autistic child help the rest of the family too? Explain.
- Based on the story, what health benefits can come from growing up with pets in the home? Give examples.
- What system in the body is at the root of these medical benefits?
- According to Mikael Knip, why might dogs provide greater immune benefits than cats?
- Can a teen or adult get these same immune system benefits as a child from living with pets?
- Has reading this story changed your feelings about pets and other animals? If so how? If not, why not?
- Which of the research findings surprised you most? Explain.
SCIENCE & SOCIETY
- How can you derive some benefits of being around animals even if you don’t have a pet?
- What can you do to show respect to a pet or other animal when you interact with it?