In a recent consumer study, 9 out of 10 pet parents report awareness of health benefits of pet parenting. Between companionship and decreased feelings of stress, consumers reported that the interaction with pets can help lower blood pressure, help lower high cholesterol, relieve stress and/or anxiety, and improve socialization with other people by having a pet.
Work related pet companionship was just as remarkable.
While 74% of working pet parents said they were allowed to bring a pet during specific events, only 9% of companies today allow pets in the work space.
However, 50% of working adults that are pet parents said they would prefer their company allow pets at work every day..
“Pet companionship is associated with overall better health and well-being,” said association CEO Nancy Brown. “According to our research, pet companionship may lead to a more active lifestyle, lower blood pressure and reduced stress at home, in the workplace and when managing medical challenges. That’s why the American Heart Association is creating Best Friend Fridays beginning this June. We’re bringing awareness to the positive impact our four-legged friends have on our hearts and our minds.”
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"When I bring Arlie to work at Verily I like to take him on "rounds" where we walk by people's desks and stop whenever someone wants to pet him. You can see the shared joy when he sits in their lap for a back rub! We think he's a mix of border collie and dalmation? "
Michael V McConnell, MD, MSEE
Head, Cardiovascular Health, Verily
Clinical Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford