31 min

The Human-Animal Bond Caring for Animals & Creating Trust

    • Management

The human-animal bond has become a trendy topic of discussion as of late, especially as we were all forced by the global pandemic to stay at home. A Harris poll showed that 89% of Americans said their pets brought them comfort during the pandemic and 82% felt less lonely as a result of their pet. These statistics support the fact that the human-animal bond is more than a trend. The bond between pets and their people is not just something we “think” we experience but is actually backed by science that shows the benefits of our relationships with pets to our health and wellbeing.
Merck Animal Health is committed to the well-being of our communities, our employees, and our customers. Jane Dukes, Senior Manager with the https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/veterinary-and-consumer-affairs (Merck Animal Health Veterinary Consumer Affairs Team), speaks with https://drjenthevet.com (Dr. Jen Chatfield), double-board certified veterinarian and co-host of the podcast “https://chatfieldshow.com (Chat with the Chatfields),” which she does with her twin brother, also a veterinarian, and https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/psv/meet-the-team/dr-taylor-tillery (Dr. Taylor Tillery), a veterinarian and member of the team at Merck Animal Health. Together they explore the evolution, definition and evidence regarding the value of the human-animal bonds.


“You know I think (the human-animal bond) just releases the good hormones, like serotonin and oxytocin. I know that we've seen what that does and then what that does is it drops our cortisol levels. So it really reduces our stress….. So I think those are all fantastic things.” -Dr. Taylor Tillery


If we start at the beginning, the human-animal bond has existed for literally thousands of years. Humans have lived with animals and animals provided for us but over the past 50-100 years, our understanding of our relationship with animals has evolved. Fewer people are involved in farming and our pets have left the backyard and moved into the home with us. They have become our companions and are considered members of our families. The American Veterinary medical Association defines the human-animal bond as “a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and wellbeing of both.”


“We know (the human-animal bond) extends (the pets) lifespan significantly because they're safe. We end up anthropomorphizing a lot with companion animals, for sure. But….I know for a fact she enjoys every one of the toys that are littering my cottage right now for her. And so I think that pets also get that bond.” - Dr. Jen Chatfield


This Week’s Podcast:
Meet https://drjenthevet.com (Dr. Jen Chatfield), double-board certified veterinarian and co-host of the podcast “https://chatfieldshow.com (Chat with the Chatfields),” and https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/psv/meet-the-team/dr-taylor-tillery (Dr. Taylor Tillery), a veterinarian and member of the team at Merck Animal Health.
Explore the evolution, definition and value in the human-animal bond
Discover the many types of human-animal bond interactions within the field of veterinary medicine and the effect that has on veterinary professionals

The human-animal bond has become a trendy topic of discussion as of late, especially as we were all forced by the global pandemic to stay at home. A Harris poll showed that 89% of Americans said their pets brought them comfort during the pandemic and 82% felt less lonely as a result of their pet. These statistics support the fact that the human-animal bond is more than a trend. The bond between pets and their people is not just something we “think” we experience but is actually backed by science that shows the benefits of our relationships with pets to our health and wellbeing.
Merck Animal Health is committed to the well-being of our communities, our employees, and our customers. Jane Dukes, Senior Manager with the https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/veterinary-and-consumer-affairs (Merck Animal Health Veterinary Consumer Affairs Team), speaks with https://drjenthevet.com (Dr. Jen Chatfield), double-board certified veterinarian and co-host of the podcast “https://chatfieldshow.com (Chat with the Chatfields),” which she does with her twin brother, also a veterinarian, and https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/psv/meet-the-team/dr-taylor-tillery (Dr. Taylor Tillery), a veterinarian and member of the team at Merck Animal Health. Together they explore the evolution, definition and evidence regarding the value of the human-animal bonds.


“You know I think (the human-animal bond) just releases the good hormones, like serotonin and oxytocin. I know that we've seen what that does and then what that does is it drops our cortisol levels. So it really reduces our stress….. So I think those are all fantastic things.” -Dr. Taylor Tillery


If we start at the beginning, the human-animal bond has existed for literally thousands of years. Humans have lived with animals and animals provided for us but over the past 50-100 years, our understanding of our relationship with animals has evolved. Fewer people are involved in farming and our pets have left the backyard and moved into the home with us. They have become our companions and are considered members of our families. The American Veterinary medical Association defines the human-animal bond as “a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and wellbeing of both.”


“We know (the human-animal bond) extends (the pets) lifespan significantly because they're safe. We end up anthropomorphizing a lot with companion animals, for sure. But….I know for a fact she enjoys every one of the toys that are littering my cottage right now for her. And so I think that pets also get that bond.” - Dr. Jen Chatfield


This Week’s Podcast:
Meet https://drjenthevet.com (Dr. Jen Chatfield), double-board certified veterinarian and co-host of the podcast “https://chatfieldshow.com (Chat with the Chatfields),” and https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/about-us/psv/meet-the-team/dr-taylor-tillery (Dr. Taylor Tillery), a veterinarian and member of the team at Merck Animal Health.
Explore the evolution, definition and value in the human-animal bond
Discover the many types of human-animal bond interactions within the field of veterinary medicine and the effect that has on veterinary professionals

31 min