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Title: The Human-Animal Bond


1
The Human-Animal Bond
  • Office Management

2
Introduction
  • Human-Animal Bond Definition-

The American Veterinary Medical Associations
Definition A mutually beneficial and dynamic
relationship between people and other animals
that is influenced by behaviors that are
essential to the health and well-being of both.
This includes but is not limited to, emotional,
psychological, and physical interactions of
people, other animals, and the environment.
3
History of the Human-Animal Bond
  • Human-canine bond is one of the oldest
    relationships.
  • Domestication gt12,000 years ago
  • Transition from working companion to pet between
    600 to 1300 AD
  • Evidence of human-feline bonds 9,500 years ago.
  • Farm animal domestication 10,000 years ago.

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Pets or Family Members?
  • 62 of US households have at least one pet (AVMA
    2002)
  • Children are more likely to have pets than
    siblings or fathers (Melson, 2001)
  • More than 75 of owners say dogs health is as
    important to them as their own (Pfizer Animal
    Health/Gallup survey)

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More statistics and thoughts
  • 57 would prefer their pet as their only
    companion if they were stranded on a desert
    island (2001 APPMA pet owner survey)
  • 52 are better at remembering the names of
    neighbors pets than human neighbors (2001 AAHA
    survey)
  • A scientifically established link exists between
    how people treat animals and how they treat each
    other

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Finances on Pets
  • 41 Billion was spent on pets in 2007.

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How do Pets Function in Modern Society?
  • Assistance animals
  • Helpers (i.e. hearing, sight, seizure detection)
  • Visitation
  • Therapy programs (physical, mental,
    skill-building)
  • Search and rescue dogs
  • Bomb detection dogs
  • Police dogs
  • Police horses

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Pets as Healers?
  • Pet owners have
  • Lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and
    cholesterol
  • Increased survival after heart attack
  • Stress reduction
  • Weight control
  • Fewer minor health problems

14
More Benefits to Humans
  • Alzheimers patients allowed to observe fish
    demonstrated improved relaxation, alertness, and
    eating habits
  • Positive impact on the lonely, emotionally or
    physically impaired

15
Benefits to Children
  • Pets
  • Provide a sense of security and self-esteem
  • Facilitate play, exploration, independence
  • Facilitate an understanding of life events and
    life-changing events
  • Promote responsibility, nurturing, loyalty,
    empathy, sharing, and unconditional love

16
Equine Therapy
  • To give those in search of help and
    self-discovery the opportunity to grow and
    experience well being through the healing power
    of horses.

17
  • Animals in classrooms
  • Motivate students to work well
  • Improve behavior
  • Provide care-giving opportunities important to
    psychological development

18
Pets and the Elderly
  • Pets
  • Provide companionship and support during
    bereavement
  • Increase levels of activity
  • Improve person-to-person interactions
  • Ease loss in natural disasters
  • Transcend sensory deficits, mental changes,
    mobility restrictions that can impede human-human
    relationships
  • When moving to residential care, there are
    significant benefits when elderly persons keep
    their pets

19
Pets and Disasters
  • A sense of personal responsibility to those
    entrusted to our care is a hallmark of
    emotionally and ethically mature human beings.
  • Owners are loyal to the animals they love, and
    will risk personal injury to protect them.
  • Studies indicate that pet-owning households are
    significantly less likely to evacuate during
    mandatory orders than households without pets
    the more pets, the less likely household will
    evacuate. (AJE 2001 153659-665)

20
  • Sometimes having pet and being able to care for
    pet is the only stabilizing factor left by the
    natural disaster.

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Other Notes
  • Generally pets are referred to as he or she and
    almost never as it.
  • Most pet owners freely admit to talking to their
    pet and feeling that their pet understands what
    they are speaking about.

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