Pets during quarantine offer sense of calm, friendship for some

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They may be fluffy, scaly or feathery but we love them all the same. They’re our pets.

During this hard time, students are finding ways to keep not only themselves but their furry friends entertained. Having a pet can help ease the anxiety one may be feeling from having been quarantined. Students are also finding a deeper appreciation for what their pet has to offer.

Megan Benn, a sophomore biology major from Lompoc, California, said life with her three-year-old Dachshund has been fairly unchanged since being quarantined with her.

“She is an emotional support animal,” Benn said, “She helps me to maintain my anxiety and depression.”

Aside from being an emotional support animal, Benn said she loves to play and go on walks with her dog. Her appreciation for her dog already runs deep as Benn said she helps her so much.

While Benn is able to spend time with her furry friend, there are some students who don’t have the luxury.

Sam Lyden, a freshman art major from Lehi, said being quarantined with her two cats and dog doesn’t feel much different than not being quarantined with them.

Lyden said, “I’ve lived under the same roof as them for so long but I imagine if they weren’t here it wouldn’t be quite as comfortable.”

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