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The human-companion animal bond: how humans benefit. (Special Issue: Veterinary public health.)

By E. Friedmann, H. S. Son

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The human-animal bond is extremely important to most clients of small animal veterinary practices. Pet ownership, or just being in the presence of a companion animal, is associated with health benefits, including improvements in mental, social, and physiologic health status. This article provides the research data regarding the human health benefits of companion animals, animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activities, and assistance animals; reviews measures that can be taken to enable safe pet ownership for the immunocompromised, and discusses the veterinarian's role in supporting immune-compromised clients and clients who have assistance animals. Client education and enhanced veterinary care can reduce the risk from zoonotic diseases, even for the immunocompromised.

Date 2009
Publication Title Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice
Volume 39
Issue 2
Pages 293-326
ISBN/ISSN 0195-5616
DOI 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.10.015
Language English
Author Address University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Education
  4. Employees
  5. Health
  6. Immunocompromised hosts
  7. Mammals
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Practice and service
  11. Primates
  12. therapeutics
  13. therapy
  14. veterinary practices
  15. Wild animals
  16. Zoonoses
  1. peer-reviewed