The interactions between 200 pet owners and their pets were observed in this study. In general, the study also found that the more social support the pet provided for their owner, the stronger the emotional bond between pet and owner. Pet owners were also asked to say how important their pets were in various situations. Generally, pet owners thought that they needed their pets most during their free time, and when they were lonely. Many pet owners thought that their pets were important to them during their childhood. Some pet owners felt that their pets were important when their spouse was not around. In troubled times, many pet owners sought comfort from their pets. They felt that they needed their pets when there was relationship problem, and when a family member was ill. Many pet owners reported regularly playing with, and patting their pets. Thus, the study results implied that strong bonds between pet owner and pet resulted in many social support benefits for the pet owner.
|Publication Title||The 11th International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and 16th Veterinary Association Malaysia Congress|
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