It’s no secret that pets help us feel good. They make us happy; bring joy and comfort to us in ways that our human loved ones simply cannot. They teach us and our children valuable lessons of selflessness, unconditional love, patience and the importance of living every moment to its fullest. Powerful stuff, but do you know that the healing powers of the dogs and cats in our lives have been scientifically validated? Wait until you view this fun video from thepeteffect.org. VIEW HERE
The Pet Effect Campaign, led by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), is a multi-pronged campaign aimed to introduce pet owners to the health benefits of the human-animal bond, and to understand how important their veterinarians are for happy, healthy pets!
HABRI has assembled scientific evidence that demonstrates how pets improve heart health; alleviate depression; increase well-being; support child health and development; and contribute to healthy aging. In addition, companion animals can assist in the treatment of a broad range of conditions from post-traumatic stress to Alzheimer’s disease to autism spectrum disorder. Veterinarians are the professionals who keep pets healthy, so that in turn, they can positively impact our health and well-being.
HABRI’s 2016 survey of pet owners found even more evidence that veterinarians are incredibly important to the human-animal bond. Specifically, results showed that veterinarians are trusted resources for scientific information on the human health benefits of pets and that veterinarians have an opportunity to further strengthen their relationships with pet owners by sharing information on this topic. Virtually all pet owners (97%) have a favorable opinion of their veterinarian and 61% of pet owners (74% of millennials) would be more likely to visit their veterinarian if they discussed the health benefits of the human-animal bond with them.
The Pet Effect campaign will share the message and the science that shows how veterinary medicine is an essential component of health for pets and people. Animal Essentials is a proud supporter of HABRI. We share the same vision and mission: to bring into light the true depths of how animal wellness relates to our own health, and the health of planet Earth. Stay tuned for more!