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Human companion animal bond
There are lots of positive aspects to owning a pet.

Mars Petcare, through The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, has long since been recognised as one of the leaders in the field of Human Companion Animal Bond research. Scientific evidence is increasingly showing that pets are good for people. UK and international research demonstrates that interaction with pets can:

  • Reduce the number of visits made to the GP
  • Improve chances of survival after life-threatening illness
  • Reduce blood pressure and perceived levels of stress
  • Provide companionship and enhance social interactions
  • Provide purpose and fulfilment and enrich the quality of life for elderly, lonely and depressed people
  • Perform a vital role in the family unit regarding child development
  • Promote positive responses from those who are withdrawn, aggressive or mentally ill
  • Prevent re-offending in juvenile prisoners
  • Positively affect school attendance rates

We believe that pets, and pet ownership, are good for people of all ages and all walks of life. Pets can play an integral role in a harmonious community. Mars is a global leader in encouraging and supporting the responsible ownership of pets in a variety of ways around the world and continues to support programmes to foster an understanding of the human-animal bond.

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