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However, many legal protections have existed with the intention of safeguarding pets’ (and other animals’) well-being. Since the year 2000, a small but increasing number of jurisdictions in North America have enacted laws redefining pet’s owners as guardians. Intentions have been characterized as simply changing attitudes and perceptions to working toward legal personhood for pets themselves. The question of pets’ legal status can arise with concern to purchase or adoption, custody, divorce, estate and inheritance, injury, damage, and veterinary malpractice. Tripping over pets, especially dogs causes more than 86,000 falls serious enough to prompt a trip to the emergency room each year in the United States.

It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Unfortunately, conducting long-term randomized trials to settle the issue would be costly or infeasible. Pets provide their owners (or “guardians”) both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction. Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals, that are brought to visit confined humans, such as children in hospitals or elders in nursing homes.

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  • Having an ever-present pet can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad aren’t around.
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  • Some airlines no longer offer this option and some countries do not allow pets to enter the country in-cabin.
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The researchers recruited respondents by distributing the link to their survey on webpages for dog owners and on social media. Study participants recruited in this way were mostly females (93%) between 18 and 73 years of age. Despite all the benefits, it’s important to remember that a pet is not a miracle cure for mental health issues. Owning a pet is beneficial and comforting only for those who love and appreciate domestic animals and have the time and money to keep a pet happy and healthy. If you’re simply not an “animal person,” pet ownership is not going to provide you with any health benefits or improve your life. Pets have a considerable environmental impact, especially in countries where they are common or held in high densities.

Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale, optimism, and sense of self-worth. Choosing to adopt a pet from a shelter, especially an older pet, can add to your sense of fulfillment, knowing that you’ve provided a home to a pet that may otherwise have been euthanized. People with Pets News have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.

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It will take some time to assess all ferries and prepare designated areas to ensure its safe to allow for cats and dogs. We will keep customers up-to-date about this travel enhancement. Small pets including dogs, cats, ferrets, birds and hamsters are all welcome and travel for free.

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Ms Doelle says she has also received more requests from people wishing to give up their pets. “It’s quite a sad day when people have to make a choice of either feeding their animals or their children. For some people, sadly, it has got to that situation.” Nile goose, a favourite household pet of the ancient Egyptians, may have served such a purpose. The herding and guarding of livestock is another practical use of pets, in particular the dog. Over the centuries, many specialized breeds of dog have been developed to suit this purpose.

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Inundated with requests and rising costs, Ms Doelle has asked the government to fund her initiative, but says she has been forced to turn away some animals. Official figures show that the cost of pet products in Australia jumped by almost 12% in the year to the end of June. That’s double the rise shoppers are seeing in prices for their own food and drinks. And the BVA’s Dr Shotton added that healthy pets “already have lovely coats which look great and keep them the perfect temperature” and so “they really don’t need to be dressed up in costumes”.