Pet Ownership | Overview, Quick Facts and Resources

There is a wealth of evidence proving what many of us already know – our pets are good for us

Few owners would question the importance of medicines in helping our pets lead happy, healthy lives. But less well understood is how much we benefit from their wellbeing. 

Most owners feel a responsibility to protect the health of the animals in their care. But in doing so, they’re also protecting the hugely beneficial relationships we have with these animals. 

And these benefits – both physical and psychological – start early. Children learn a sense of responsibility from caring for pets, and research suggests that having a pet around the home in their first year can protect children from allergies later in life. 

In adulthood, pets have a proven effect on stress and anxiety, and studies have concluded that dog owners are less prone to depression and heart disease, a major cause of death across the world.   

Pets can ease feelings of loneliness in elderly people and help them feel safe; one study found that 95 per cent of elderly people talk to their pets. 

Animal medicines allow our pets to live as long and comfortable lives as possible, supporting this crucial bond. Perhaps more importantly, medicines give us the opportunity to protect the health of the animals that do so much for our own wellbeing. 

Quick Facts

  • More pet parents:  Pet ownership is on the rise across the world, while in some richer countries, pets are playing ever more important roles in our lives, with more money spent on pet health and food than ever before
  • Healthy pet, healthy you:  Studies show pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and allergy levels.
  • Fiscal fido: Pet owners in the United States make fewer doctor visits each year, saving the country more than 11 billion dollars in healthcare costs
  • One of the family: The trend towards treating pets more like one of the family is growing. In India, owners can now have cooked-to-order meals delivered to their pets.
  • Obesity a rising challenge The danger of treating pets too much like people is that they may face the same lifestyle health issues we do. Veterinarians in the UK say that 45% cent of dogs and 40% of cats they see are overweight now.