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Fido May Be your Ticket To Improved Health

Ninety-two percent of respondents to a survey recently conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) indicated that they have derived health benefits directly from their pets.

"Pets are becoming more than just a member of the family," said AAHA president-elect Link Wellborn. "They are central to a healthy lifestyle."

Other results of the poll, which was taken by 1,242 individuals at AAHA-accredited veterinary facilities in the United States and Canada, bear that out. Of the respondents:

  • 76 percent believe their stress levels are reduced by their companion animals
  • 65 percent think their mental health is improved by their pets
  • 31 percent feel their physical fitness has been improved by providing exercise for their companion animals

The survey showed that pet owners are concerned about their companion animals’ health. Ninety-three percent of the respondents indicated that they take their pets in for regular checkups, and 48 percent indicated they had taken up to two days off from work to be with a sick companion animal. "Pet owners are going to greater lengths to keep their pets happy and healthy," said Wellborn.

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