The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and 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, animals, and the environment (AVMA).
Anyone who has ever had a pet knows exactly what this bond is about. As early as the 18th century, scientists and researchers were discovering the positive effects of the human animal bond on mentally ill patients, people suffering from epilepsy or neurological disorders, rehabilitation patients, etc. Recently, a study proved the positive physical effects on a person when they are petting an animal including lowered stress levels, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart and respiratory rates, and less anxiety.
As a veterinarian, I witness the intensely strong bond between humans and animals every single day in every single patient from the first brand new puppy visit to the last end stage of saying goodbye visit. In fact, we do not even call them animals at my clinic; we call them pet family members. We are partners with the pet owner to provide the best possible quality care, treating each and every pet like family. Who truly benefits the most from this symbiotic relationship? Cleary, we benefit the most, or at least more than we realize. The greatest thing we can learn here in this life is to truly be able to love, be it animal or human.
But what happens to your pet when you are away all day or have to leave to go out of town? Having a pet sitter in Houston who enhances your human animal bond is a wonderful gift. I have seen pets become so bonded that they actually develop anxiety disorders when separated from their owners. However, having a trusted pet sitter provide your pet with dog walking, an overnight stay, a play-session, extra love, and anything in between while you are away is something you truly cannot place enough value on. Our pets’ lives are so short in comparison to ours; why not provide them as much unconditional love as possible? After all, that is the one quality your pet gives that few can replicate, unconditional love. Can you imagine what the world would look like if our hearts’ mirrored our pets’ hearts?
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Dr. Brittany King practices small animal medicine with Banfield in Houston where she enjoys everything from a passion for orthopedic surgeries to her pet family relationships. She graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She is an avid believer of combining her athletic passions with giving back to people and pets in need. Some of those avenues have included swimming across the English Channel in a campaign titled the “Laps of Love”, running marathons on 5 of 7 continents, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, competing in the full 140.6 mile Ironman triathlon, and founding free sustainable vaccination health fair clinics for the people and animals of Grenada.