Chicago Animal Care and Control protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement. When it comes to the types of animals that can be kept as pets, there are many to choose from. Whatever dog you choose, keep in mind that you are making a long-term commitment, since dogs live 10 years or more. Your dog will need attention, love and respect from you: food and water are not enough. Dogs need to be part of the family. The fact that the term service animal” is often used by landlords and public housing authorities to refer to both service dogs and assistance animals often creates confusion.
Our goals for this paper are twofold: (1) Describe how pet owners and non-pet owners differ. (2) Describe why this difference needs to be accounted for in observational research on pet ownership and health. In this paper, we will examine the factors associated with pet ownership to provide empirical evidence about how dog and cat owners differ from the general population. We also describe how these differences are also associated with health outcomes, which may lead researchers to under- or over-estimate the impact of pet ownership on health in any observational studies that do not use suitable statistical controls. We then provide guidance into how to strengthen the research basis, recommending some recent methodological innovations that help overcome the limitations associated with selection bias.
Unowned animals in society suffer from very poor health, including injury, disease and starvation. They can also cause nuisance in the community, and cats can prey on native wildlife. Or some people might say, “Look, pets are people so we can’t spay or neuter them if it’s against their will. And we can’t buy or sell them.” As farfetched … Read moreRead More →