In tough times, the connection between humans and their pets can make a big difference.
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2020 was a difficult year for everyone. With human-to-human interaction limited by COVID-19 safety concerns, a lot of people turned to their pets for companionship—and their pets gave back in a big way.
A recent study found that pets were a major source of emotional support1 during the darkest days of the pandemic.
Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) produces detailed scientific research on what most pet owners know to be true—that humans and their pets share a unique, mutually beneficial bond.
This research has supported claims that people are happier and healthier in the presence of animals with scientific documentation on health factors like blood pressure, anxiety, and feelings of well-being.
HABRI and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) recently certified Nationwide as a Human-Animal Bond Certified Company, a designation that celebrates a commitment to strengthening the human-animal bond through research, education, professional development and support for its members.
If pets make our lives happier and healthier, should veterinarians participate in human health conversations, too?
Research suggests that veterinarians who contribute to conversations about the human-animal bond can improve their patients’ care. They also tend to create a stronger bond with their clients, who see the vet as a caregiver for the whole family.
Pet owners are more likely to seek out veterinary and wellness care for pets when they understand how their bond with their pets impacts their own health.2
Here are some helpful entry points to discussing this fascinating topic:
Interested in learning more? Register now for Nationwide's Human-Animal Bond Webinar series, "The Healing Power of Pets: Know and Share the Science."