Pet Ownership Is Benefiting the U.S. Health Care System in a Major Way: Report

Pet ownership saves the U.S. health care system $22.7 billion annually, according to a newly released economic report. The report, commissioned by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), examined the health care cost savings associated with pet ownership in the United States. “By commissioning this economic report, we are documenting the important role of […]

The Surprising Benefits of Pets

Whether they’re furry, feathered or scaly, the non-human members of your family help you in more ways than you know—especially when it comes to your health 1. They Keep You Active If you have a dog, chances are you’re walking it at least 30 minutes a day, and likely more—an activity that goes a long […]

3 Ways Office Pets Can Benefit Business

Your next employee of the month might be of the four-legged variety. Learn why pets deserve a spot on your roster and how to make it happen. Dogs, cats, and even their less-snuggly friends across the domesticated animal kingdom have long reigned our homes while we work. After a long day at the office, there’s […]

Why Older Adults’ Best Investment Might Just Be A Puppy

Owning a pet can help people age better and keep their minds sharp. Having a pet is not only fun for older adults–it can actually benefit your health. There’s evidence that people experience aging better when interacting with animals. “Scientifically documented benefits of the human-animal bond include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings […]

Research Shows Owning This Type of Pet Could Extend Your Lifespan

Pet owners know those walks and cuddles come with feel-good benefits. Now, scientific studies show that pets are helping us live longer. If you have the privilege of sharing your home with a pet, you likely have anecdotal evidence that having a bond with a furry (or scaled, or feathered) companion comes with health perks. […]

The Health Benefits of Pets

There are very good reasons for people to get a pet — and not just because animals are cute! Animals are “so much more than pets,” says Molly Gross, CCLS, a certified child life specialist and facility dog handler. “They become like a member of your family. The term ‘pet’ doesn’t encompass the meaning and […]

Reading to therapy dog brings confidence and calm to CCSD third-graders

Hushed whispers echo throughout the gym at Legacy Traditional School in the southwest valley as a class of third-graders surround Lucy, a 4-year-old therapy dog. Each of the students gets the chance to read a page from “Pick Me!” by Greg Gormley, a children’s book about a shelter dog displaying its talents to get adopted, […]

10 Benefits of Having a Dog

Weighing up the pros of having a dog? Here’s 10 ways it could improve your life. Most of us love dogs. In fact, 63% of households own a dog, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This has steadily increased over the years and was helped […]

Dogs Are Coming Back to the Office With Their People

WASHINGTON — During the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, millions of people adopted dogs for comfort and companionship, and because they had the time to care for them at home since they were not commuting to work. As many companies reopen to a hybrid work schedule — allowing their employees to work both at […]

Creature comforts: Owning a pet can yield surprising health benefits

Pets are fur-ever friends to millions of people, providing cuteness, company, and lots of cuddles. But there are also distinct health benefits to animal ownership, both physical — such as exercise from walking a dog — and emotional, including increased levels of calming cortisol and the so-called “happiness hormones”: serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Continue reading at the […]