The Human Animal Bond

Girl and her catThe bond shared between ourselves and our pets is unlike any other. What they give to us as owners is remarkable, genuine, and completely unconditional. The way our pets make us feel everyday is the reason we bring them into our lives and what gives us so much joy. Why is this? How do these amazing animals make us want to cuddle with them, care for them, and love them so much? How is it that animals can bring together two entirely different people and make them smile? They truly are incredible and this begs the question: What do they know that we do not?

The human-animal bond has been researched thoroughly and proven time and again. Here are a few facts that perhaps you have experienced yourself:

Man and his dog
  • People with pets in their lives have lower blood pressure.
  • Senior citizens with pets cope better with the stress of entering the health
    care system.
  • Pet owners feel less likely to become a victim of a crime when sharing a home
    with a dog.
  • Pet owners have fewer minor health problems.
  • Pets in nursing homes increase social and verbal interactions among residents.
  • Dog owners have better physical health due to exercise with pets.
  • Dogs have preventative and therapeutic benefits against stress.
  • Pets make us feel less lonely and isolated.
  • Positive self-esteem is experienced by children exposed to pets.
  • Children with pets are more actively involved in chores, hobbies, and clubs.

Boy and his dogThese are only a handful of the positive things that pets bring into our lives. They make us laugh, smile, and exercise. They are willing to do anything for us. No wonder we love them so much! The interaction between humans and animals has changed dramatically over the last 20-30 years. Many pets today are considered "part of the family" and are often referred to as "children!"

The American Animal Hospital Association recently surveyed pet owners asking them who would they take with them if they were stranded on a deserted island. Over half of those surveyed chose their pets over human companionship. This certainly says a lot about the bond we share with our pets!

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