Pets: A best friend for the whole family
According to a pet owners survey undertaken by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), when asked, "Who listens to you best?", 45% of respondents chose their pets, while 30% chose their spouse or significant other.
In the same survey, if the respondents were deserted on an island and could choose only one companion, 50% would pick a dog or cat rather than a human, and 94% think their pet has human-like personality traits, like being emotional or sensitive, outgoing, inquisitive or stubborn.
Why do pet owners feel so attached to their pets? Maybe this is best explained by the many benefits of having a pet.
- health benefits
- stress relief
- assistance (for vision and hearing impaired individuals)
- a sense of security
- unconditional love
- an avid listener
- a happy face to greet you at the end of a long day
- the list goes on...
For best pet health, visit your veterinarian
No one cares more about you and your pet than your veterinarian. For advice on all your animal concerns, visit your veterinarian. Or see the College of Veterinarians of Ontario’s website to find a veterinarian near you.