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Pet owners live longer and better

NEW DELHI, AUG. 21. It's official. Pet owners have an edge over others and live a healthier and longer life compared to those who don't have one.

The finding is based on a study conducted by the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) funded by the State Ministry of Research and Development (BMBF). The data base is now being distributed worldwide for research and learning purposes in the hope that more and more people would benefit from the results. According to the report, the percentage of people without pets visiting a doctor was 18.5 per cent more than pet-owners.

Animal rights activists and vets are happy with the report and hoping that it would increase the number of people opting for pets and reduce the cases of cruelty against animals.

According to the report, the pet-ownership tenure also has an influence on the health of the owner. Those who had a pet for more than five years benefited the most.