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Although the medical evidence for the health benefits of the human-animal bond is not definitive, (18) evidence suggests that pets can promote health and wellbeing in disabled and able persons alike.
As mentioned earlier, research examining the human-animal bond has been conducted over the past several decades.
With the increased recognition of the significance of the human-animal bond and the potential effects of pet loss, social workers can become important players in assisting those with pet loss concerns.
1994) suggest several factors that may be associated with an increase in the human-animal bond and thus a more intense resultant grief response.
Beck is the director and Rud is an associate of the Purdue University Center for the Human-Animal Bond.
Research exploring the human-animal bond is still a relatively new area of study and we are pleased with the compilation and strong amount of research that has been conducted on these health issues thus far," said Vetere.
Chronic pain limits function and may also contribute to behavior problems that can damage the human-animal bond, resulting, experts say, in euthanasia or the surrender of the pet to an animal shelter.
6) Another early documented human-animal bond program involved the Department of Defense (DoD) at Pawling Army Air Force Convalescent Center, Pawling, NY, in the 1940s.
Coverage includes considerations in choosing a pet; pet ownership responsibilities; the human-animal bond and animal-assisted therapy; pet first aid; health care and disease prevention for specific species, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, and birds; understanding animal behavior; alternative therapies for treating illnesses and maintaining health; pet nutrition; and planning and preparing for animal care in case of a disaster.
They compile 14 chapters by specialists in environmental and public health, veterinary medicine, comparative pathology, and other fields in the US who cover different zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans, animal allergens that cause allergy in humans, the psychosocial and physical effects of the human-animal bond, animal bites and stings, and animals as sentinels for toxic environmental health hazards.
Wagner is a veterinary neurologist with an interest in the health effects of the human-animal bond.

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