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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

April is Pets Are Wonderful Month

2017-04-20
 
 
In September 2016, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) conducted a research study on the bond between people and their pets. The results of the study reinforced the long-proven theory that pets help people live longer lives. It also showed that those who enjoy a deep bond with their pet tend to be more loving and responsible pet owners. Compared to less bonded pet owners, this group of participants had higher reports of the following types of behavior:
  • Made a commitment to care for their pet from puppyhood or kittenhood to old age
  • Kept every routine check-up and made sure their pet had all required vaccines
  • Purchased nutritious food for their pet
  • Purchased pet insurance
  • Concerned with mental stimulation and physical exercise for their pet
As a veterinary clinic accredited by AAHA, we at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital are not surprised to learn the results of the organization’s joint study. Our clients take great care of their pets and are rewarded for it every day by the deep bond they share.
 
Pet Are Wonderful Because They Improve Our Health
During Pets Are Wonderful Month, we want to explore one of the biggest benefits of having a pet: improved emotional and physical health. The HABRI and AAHA joint study indicates that people with at least one pet report far less incidence of feeling lonely and depressed than those with no pets. Dogs are a great excuse to get out for a daily walk and interact with people who feel naturally drawn to animals. Research has also proven that regular exercise has a powerful effect on fighting depression.
 
People struggling with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism especially benefit from living with a pet. One reason for this is that it turns their focus outwards to caring for the pet rather than on their own challenges.
 
Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Knows How Much You Love Your Pet
The HABRI and AAHA joint research study also indicated that 97 percent of pet owners view their veterinarian in a favorable light. Of the 2,000 participants, approximately 66 percent stated that their impression would be even greater if their veterinarian showed a deep understanding of the human-animal bond. In fact, many said it would cause them to come in for visits more often.
 
The staff at our AAHA affiliated clinic understand this bond very well. We do everything we can to encourage it by giving you the most up-to-date information you need to take great care of your pet. Whether your pet has a sudden illness or injury or you’re coming in for more routine matters, you can expect the highest quality of care.

We are proud to say that several members of our staff have earned Fear Free Certification. This reduces the stress of veterinary visits for both of you so you have no threat to the deep bond you share. Our staff looks forward to helping you care for your pet for a lifetime.

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