And they do home visits.
There are six veterinarians in Canada with human-animal bond certifications and one of them is based in Vancouver.
Dr. Davis Wood, director and veterinarian of Mulberry Lane Animal Welfare Veterinary Home Care offers this nascent form of North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) regulated animal care to pet owners in Vancouver.
Care of the human-animal bond is exactly what it sounds like. It goes beyond medical treatment to consider the emotional well-being and bonding relationship between pets and caregivers. The NAVC site states that the method creates and maintains positive bonds influenced by the emotional, physical and psychological interactions of animals and people.
“There are emotional and physical health benefits that come from human-animal interactions. Pets have a healing effect on us,” Wood says in a press release. “And that effect works both ways. That’s why our practice focuses on the human-animal bond and a stress-free, fear-free handling approach.We keep the emotional and physical well-being of each animal in mind while we provide care. cannot process one without the other.
How does human-animal bond care work?
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) defines the human-animal bond as “a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals influenced by behaviors essential to the health and well-being of both. Behaviors include the emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.
Mulberry Lane claims that 106 out of 135 dogs (78.5%) are fearful on the traditional veterinary office examination table and believe that caring for pets in their own environment makes them feel safer and presents less fear. risks to themselves, caregivers and veterinarians. .
“A veterinary exam can be a very stressful experience for pets,” Dr. Wood said. “With an in-home vet exam, you can feel more comfortable knowing your pets are having a low-stress veterinary experience. Benefits for you and your pet include time spent with the vet and an exam with personalized treatment and care,” says Wood.
Is it necessary?
Human-pet bonding care offers guidance on anxiety, behavioral issues, and communication that can be quite opaque topics for new pet owners to discuss. A pet’s emotional and physical health can impact the quality of its relationship with its owner and a strong connection can reduce the likelihood of behavioral and emotional issues, unmanaged pain and illness, related cognitive decline age, fear, anxiety and stress related to the treatment of chronic diseases.
How many people need/want this service?
According to Global Marketing Insights Inc., the value of the mobile pet care market is expected to exceed $1.6 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate of 8% between 2022 and 2030.
These figures follow a 2020 study by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association that projects a shortage of vets of up to 35% over the next 15 years. Combined with changing attitudes about owning and raising pets and an increase in pet abandonment, the new method of veterinary care taps into the intersection of the market that deeply cares of animal welfare.