American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Doctors agree: Pets make a difference

A recent survey of 1,000 family doctors and general practitioners has found that 97 percent of them believe there are health benefits to having a pet.

The survey was conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, a nonprofit third-party organization that is funded by partners like Wellness Natural Pet Food.

Ninety-five percent of those surveyed either own or have owned a pet, and 69 percent have worked in a facility that used pets to assist patient treatment or therapy.

The respondents reported hearing about the health benefits through several sources, including patient stories (64 percent), personal experience (59 percent), traditional news media (44 percent)...