A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. Our partners allow us to carry on the good work of ASAP. Through their support, these individuals and businesses have helped to save animals lives. Please support those who give so generously to help improve the lives of lost and abandoned animals in ourcommunity. Doctors may soon be prescribing their patients a script to adopt a cat or dog, given a recent study found an estimated $3.86 billion was saved on health spending in Australia, due to the benefits of pet ownership.
If you live by yourself, or your partner works different shift patterns to you, it can get awfully lonely at home – unless you have a pet, of course! Cats and dogs make great companions – they’ll always be waiting for you to come home and they’ll be happy to lend an ear should you want to moan about the awful day you’ve had. Plus, most of the time, they’re up for a snuggle on the sofa.
Not all animals are suitable as pets. The government has a list of mammals that people are allowed to keep as pets. It is working on lists of suitable birds and reptiles. Pet ownership can also be a chance for kids to learn valuable life lessons as they care for a living creature. Pets can teach children about responsibility and dependability with adult guidance. As an added bonus, some pets give affection in return for a child’s loving attention.
The effect of human-animal interaction on health is not fully understood because it is difficult to study. Most evidence on the benefits of having a pet comes from surveys of current health, but that means it is impossible to know if a person is in good health because she has a pet or if he is more likely to get a pet because he is in good health. Someone whose health is poor may decide he does not have the time or energy to care for a pet. The German study described above suggests that having a pet for a longer period of time is more beneficial to your health; but it is also possible that people with pets have less time to spare to go to the doctor or are less concerned about their own health, especially minor ailments.
Potbellied pigs are extremely intelligent and sensitive creatures who can make wonderful companion animals, but they are not the right pet for everyone. They require caregivers who are knowledgeable about their care and behavior, and are committed to providing them with tender loving care and mental stimulation. One very important consideration is whether your community is zoned for potbellied pigs.