You’ve probably heard the reports that pet shelters were cleared out at the start of the pandemic. With all of us spending more time at home, often isolated from our usual social circles, getting a pet seemed like a great idea to help with the confinement blues. But is there some tangible, quantifiable benefit to owning a dog?
We caught up with Dr. Jake Deutsch, an emergency medicine physician and the founder/clinical director at Cure Urgent Care, to learn about the science and research behind pet ownership. In the video below, Deutsch explains how pets help lower stress, improve cardiovascular health, and increase production of endorphins and oxytocin. Thankfully, you don't need a doctor's prescription to adopt a pet.
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Host: Jake Deutsch, M.D.
Executive Producer: Whitney Buxton
Executive Creative Director: Lauren Sofair
Supervising Producer: Irina Dvalidze
Director of Photography: Marshall Stief
Design Director: Andenew Ayele
Post Supervisor and Editor: Amy Eakin
Motion Designer: Jeff Donlan