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Purina-Sponsored Research Shows Benefits of Pets for Parents and their Children with Autism

A University of Missouri study, funded by Purina, shows pet ownership helps reduce stress for parents and their children with autism via strong human-animal bond interactions. The results of the study suggest that pets not only help provide comfort and support to children with autism but also to their parents. Companionship and increased social interactions were cited as the most important benefits outweighing burdens of pet ownership.