Understanding the human-animal bond

    Americans love their pets and spend billions of dollars on their care each year. New research is investigating the relationship between humans and their animals, and scientists are finding that this bond has many mental health benefits.

    Americans love their pets and spend billions of dollars on their care each year. New research is investigating the relationship between humans and their animals, and scientists are finding that this bond has many mental health benefits.

    WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott spoke with psychologist Dan Gottlieb about pets – and what they mean to us.

    Dr. Dan with Loki

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