A survey conducted by UK veterinary network, My Family Vets, discovered that 8 out of 10 people find their pets have a more comforting effect on them than their partner.
After similar surveys have shown many owners love their pets more than their partner, pets could also be comforting to our wellbeing as well. 10,000 pet owners were questioned about their relationship with their pets and the results reveal, in the majority of cases, they are truly our 'Pet Partners'.
We're also spending more time with our pets and 59% allow their pet to sleep in their bedroom. Commenting on the survey, Tom Bury, clinical director at Rowe Vets part of the My Family Vets group in Bristol said, "Every day we see people treating their pet as an equal family member, totally devoted and the survey results reflect this.
"As our lives are becoming busier we are experiencing more stress, our pets are non-judgmental allowing us to enjoy happy, fun and relaxing times with them, often without complication.
"We’ve all seen many reports showing that pets make you happier and healthier and this is also being shown in how we care for our pets, many thankfully getting first rate health care which we applaud. It’s also great to find out that for example more people are cleaning their pet’s teeth more than three times a week and of course they are often showered with presents."
Pets are becoming further integrated into family life and the research just shows how close our bond is with our animals - whether they're dog, cat or hamster. The bond can be so strong that when our pets fall ill or die, we can feel just as devastated.
Tom added, "We totally understand our client’s feelings and celebrate our mutual love of animals. As vets we do all we can to help keep their much loved pets healthy whilst providing support in the inevitable sad times."