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Ask yourself; Who would take care of your beloved pet, if you got seriously ill or injured this week and for howlong?

The human animal bonding-healing relationship in medical and alternative healing arts is being well evaluated today in medicine. 

PetsNPatients seek your help to support patients pets as there is positive energy of these endearing relationships supported by significant studies:

Companion Pets In Recovery

About 25 years ago, the term “human-animal bond” emerged as a way of describing the intense psychological, physical, and emotional attachments that exist between people and animals. People who live and work with animals readily use this term, but are often at a loss to provide an exact definition for it. The definition accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association is: “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and other animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, other animals, and the environment.” Although this definition purposely does not limit the scope of the human-animal bond to interactions between people and pets, “human-animal bond” is most commonly used to refer to these relationships because they represent some of the strongest human-animal attachments.

Researchers have discovered that interaction with pets provides psychological and physical health benefits. The responsibility of caring for a pet can provide its owner with a sense of purpose, an opportunity for exercise, and a perceived need to take better care of themselves. Pets sometimes serve as an important source of emotional and social support because modern society has removed more traditional human support systems. People move more frequently, spend more time working, are divorced or never-married, may not have children, or may be separated from other family members and close friends by long distances.

When people experience a serious illness, accident, or disability, not only their physical health is impacted. Relationships suffer, jobs are put on hold or lost, and financial challenges abound. Pet owners may find themselves faced with the additional stress of not being able to care for their cherished pet. Some patients are fortunate enough to tap into volunteer networks like PetsNPatients NFP that can provide options, such as temporary foster homes, that allow them to concentrate on recovery while being assured that their pet is safe and comfortable. Later, when patients are ready and able to resume responsibility for their pet’s care, having that pet as a companion can make a significant difference in their outlook and speed the recovery process.

As a veterinarian, I have seen first-hand, and time and time again, the amazing relationships that owners share with their pets. Protecting these relationships is critical for the welfare of those at both ends of the leash.

Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM
Director, Animal Welfare Division
American Veterinary Medical Association

Spay Illinois Partner Program

Spay Illinois

PetsNPatients has partnered with SPAY ILLINOIS to provide free veterinarian wellness care to clients of PetsNpatients.

We know how important it is for people suffering from long term illness or serious accidents to continue to be able to care for their pets, without having to worry about the financial burden.

Individuals must be clients of PetsNPatients to participate in the program and must contact PetsNPatients before applying for services from SPAY ILLINOIS.

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