Sorry cats, but dogs are clearly the superior pet.
However, any kind of pet ownership can give you a health boost.
A comprehensive review of animal impacts on humans recently found that both cats and dogs help decrease stress and improve cardiovascular wellness and other issues.
Marcia Darling told Tonic:
There isn't a definitive study about how this works, but the best theory out there is that because of owners' attachment to the pets, assuming there's a good relationship, even something like the [pet] looking at them can elevate their oxytocin levels.