When you’re living in a flat, you might want to leave a bit of space for your dogs
A new report suggests that living in an apartment that isn’t connected to the rest of the house is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to the health of your pets.
Researchers from Oxford University’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found that when people live in apartments that are connected to their homes, they’re less likely to be exposed to the outside world.
The research suggests that apartment living is a form of isolation in which the pet is left in a separate space.
According to the report, people living in apartment-like environments may be more likely to have allergies and infections, which are linked to the number of times they have pets.
It’s important to note that these findings are based on the research of one person and therefore not representative of the population at large.
However, the researchers suggest that these data may have a generalisable effect on the health and wellbeing of the whole population.
“If we were to look at the whole sample, the majority of our samples were in apartments, and the average number of pets per person was less than half the average of the average US city,” lead author Professor Pauline Poulin told The Guardian.
“So, we can see that the pet population in these cities is smaller than in many other places in the US.”
However, she added that this might not necessarily be a bad thing.
“In a small space, it’s better for the health because the environment has fewer environmental triggers,” she said.
“In larger environments, it can be more difficult to avoid environmental triggers.”
Professor Pouin said that this may have to do with the fact that apartments are relatively new.
“A large majority of the people in our sample have never lived in an urban environment,” she told The Times.
“This makes living in larger apartment spaces more challenging, but that is a matter of context.”
The study, which analysed data from more than 200 people, found that people who lived in apartment buildings had an average of three pets.
However this number dropped to two dogs and one cat when they moved to suburbs or to other larger cities.
Professor Poul Thorsen, a researcher at Oxford University who led the research, said that these figures are a small sample size but they suggest that the health effects of living in apartments may not be as strong as we initially thought.
“It’s possible that there are more than two pets, so it’s possible the health effect of having two pets might be much greater than we think,” he told The Independent.
Professor Thorsing said that it’s important for people to understand that pets can be a great help to people.
“People can be good for the environment, they help people with chronic diseases, they can reduce stress levels, they are very beneficial for the economy,” he said.