The Pet Effect, also known as the human-animal bond, is the mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals that positively impacts the health and well-being of both. Any pet owner will tell you that living with a pet comes with benefits, including constant companionship, love and affection.
It’s more than just a cool topic to bring up at parties. The Pet Effect is scientific information doctors use when recommending pets to their patients. From slowing down our heart rates to preventing heart disease, allergies, and depression, The Pet Effect is real.
Mental Health Benefits
Scientific studies show that the mental health benefits of owning a dog or cat can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress. Any pet owner will tell you, they also provide constant companionship and ease loneliness. The best part, pets bring us joy and unconditional love.
Research at the University of California at Davis concluded that Alzheimer’s patients suffer less stress and have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a dog or cat in the home. It has also been documented that pets ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
The Woofice and The Pet Effect
Recent scientific research has shown that having pets in the office improves collaboration, productivity, and alleviates stress. Employee satisfaction and morale are at the top of most HR minds, and now scientific research has shown that pet-inclusive policies can help.
According to Zoetis Petcare website, Woofice benefits include:
- Better Work-Life Balance – 91% of people in pet-friendly plus offices feel their company promotes good work-life balance vs. just 58% of people in non-pet-friendly offices
- Better Collaboration – People at pet-friendly plus offices* are 3X more likely to experience positive working relationships with supervisors and co-workers.
- Happier and More Productive – 91% of people in pet-friendly plus offices* feel more fully engaged with their work vs. 65% in non-pet friendly offices.
Every year employees across the country bring their dogs to work the Friday after Father’s Day. The next annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® is Friday, June 25, 2021. Dogs can handle alone time, but they do miss you when you’re gone.
Animal Lovers Share Their Favorite Products
This is Nelly, a Russian blue, owned by Mary Anne from La Habra, California. Mary Anne saw a strange behavior in her cat so she purchased a Cat Water Fountain to remedy the situation.
Mary Anne says, “All of a sudden, my cat has started to drink out of the toilets even though she has had a gravity waterer for three years. She always drank a lot of water but is not drinking as much as she used to, so I thought I’d try this water fountain.” This was easy to assemble and Nelly loves it.
Nelly also likes her Neco Ichi Necoichi Cat-headed Scratcher Bed. She likes to scratch it and curl up inside and sleep in it,
Susie in Orange, California is the ultimate cat spoiler. She says her cats bring her so much joy that no amount of money spent on them is enough. Susie buys YOFUN Smart Interactive Cat Toy – Newest Version 360 Degree Self Rotating Ball to keep her cats busy. However, getting Larry up from a nap in his royal bed can be a challenge!
Penny cat belongs to Pat and Kathy in San Jose, California. Be careful of those hidden claws! Penny is the kind of cat that lets you pet her when she wants you to. But a handful of Temptations Cat Treats will win her over every time!
Betsy in St. Louis, Missouri takes her horse Sam on adventures across the country every year. She doesn’t go anywhere without her Tough 1 Two Horse No Knot Picket Line Kit where Sam can be safely secured to surrounding trees. Betsy’s husband, Jay, believes she loves that horse more than him. He might be right!
This is my cat Tigger. You can’t plant a catnip plant without Tigger crushing it to death. By the look on his sedated face you can tell he has not a care in the world. Happy kitty equals happy owner!
Importance of Pet Insurance for Your Furry Friend
Although both humans and pets will benefit greatly from keeping each other’s company, that isn’t to say we’re all exempt from illness and accidents. Unfortunately, some breeds are prone to certain diseases from birth and accidents can happen, so it’s really important to have a gameplan to help cushion the unexpected blows life throws at you. Research shows that having pet insurance for your pet can make a real difference in dealing with these surprises since most providers can cover up to 90% of your vet bill.
Some animal shelters and rescue groups offer pet “rental” programs. Dogs and cats that are available for adoption can be rented out for walks or play dates. You can also foster an animal temporarily until a permanent home is found for him, or to decide if the animal is right for you.
Try dog sitting! Just a couple of hours here and there can be just as beneficial. Oh, the joy they bring!
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