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Mental Health at McMaster

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Animals and Mental Health

We all know that nothing beats the happiness and warmth we feel when we get to pet, cuddle and be around animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish and more, our loving companions have a meaningful impact on our lives. But what exactly is the connection between animals and our mental health?

Research shows that animals can boost our mood, calm us and help us build relationships. Interacting with animals actually causes your body to produce serotonin and dopamine which help offset depression and anxiety.

#FluffyFridays: Weekly Pet Profiles

There is nothing cuter than seeing pictures of animals on Instagram! Check out our Instagram page to see our weekly highlight of McMaster’s pets.