dvm360 Leadership Challenge: Pet enrichment

dvm360 Leadership Challenge: Pet enrichment

It's more than toys and games, people. It's about helping our furry friends use their brains for a happier, healthier and more enriched existence.
Sep 13, 2017
By dvm360.com staff

With a sigh of relief, we can now say we all agree that pets feel pain and anxiety, and we’re taking significant steps to prevent both. Some are now increasingly embracing the concept that pets can feel lonely or bored—that an engaged mind is just as important to overall health and wellbeing. Zoos, research laboratories and other places that house animals out of their natural habitats have been implementing environmental enrichment for years. In a way, if you think about it, pets are captive animals too.


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