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Poll: Most adults believe pet ownership has mental health benefits

Results of a recently released poll found that 86% of U.S. adults believe pet ownership has a positive impact on their mental health.

According to a release issued by the American Psychiatric Association, 86% of respondents agreed that pets are key to wellbeing, with dog owners (87%) and cat owners (86%) equally likely to agree. A slightly higher majority (88%) of pet owners said they consider their pets a part of their family.

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