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How Can Animals Detect How Humans Are Feeling?

Exploring how animals can sense how we're feeling, and what it means for us.
Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 01, 2022

Pet ownership is on the rise in the U.S. Today 70% of American households own a pet, which is up from 56% of households in 1998, according to the American Pet Products Association. 

And that number could grow.   

Sixty-five percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they plan to get or add a new pet in the next five years.   

That’s a lot of animals running around our homes. And it could provide some major benefits to pet owners.  

There’s growing evidence that animals can sense how we’re feeling — and even detect if we may be sick.  

We explore how animals can do that and what it means for us.