Pets relieve stress

Metztil Hernandez, page editor

During these critical times, many of us might be feeling stressed or down. One of many solutions can be in your back yard or home: a four-legged friend.

Two studies done by Elizabeth Scott, MS, and an article from a monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have shown that animals can help improve your mood and relieve unwanted stress. Scott’s research also shows that spending time with animals also lowers blood pressure.

Last fall semester, PREP held a Puppy Therapy Event before finals. They also conducted a survey after the event. Their survey showed students had enjoyed the event. It also showed students felt much more relieved after the first 10 minutes of the event.

Vikings Alexandra Ramos and Anabell Flores shared photos of their four-legged friends with us.

“Charlie is a boy. He is 6 months old and he has this favorite toy mouse. He plays with it all day long, running back and forth.”
Alexandra Ramos (’21)
Anabell Flores (’22) shared this photo of her dog Smokey.

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