Its not just an American “thing”. People are universally getting the message that pets are good for for people!
The number of households owning pets in the UK has increased 15 per cent* since 2010.
A survey, carried out by the National Pet Show revealed that 98% of pet owners say that owning a pet gives them a healthier lifestyle and reduces stress levels.
And 96% of pet owners went on to divulge that they believe that children also benefit from a happier and healthier lifestyle when living in a household with a pet.
Noel Fitzpatrick, star of hit British Channel 4 series The Supervet, said: “I firmly believe that the essence of unconditional love shared between a pet and their guardian represents the very best of the human condition, so the results of this research do not surprise me.
“When you see the family of a pet in the presence of their animal, their entire vivacity changes, they ‘light up’.
“As a vet, I have dedicated my life to exploring all of the options available for the animals I treat. As well as forming wonderful relationships with the animals themselves, the relationships with the pet’s families are truly outstanding. Meeting people who would do everything they can to save their pets from pain or harm is the most remarkable part of the job.”