I've known about pets being supportive to people who suffer from quite varied and difficult health issues.
I do believe that pets have a very emotionally therapeutic benefit to people who are ill and suffering.
My partner and I have Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Daisy who is 11 and she is a very loving dog and extremely perceptive when either of us is feeling unwell even though we might not initially think we are extra unwell. Daisy becomes very attentive when either of us is having an extra bad day. She adopts a very close position and remains close, just maintaining body contact and watching you.
I am the 24/7 carer for my partner who is a very special little lady in my life with whom I share an extremely unique and particularly unpleasant experience. We are both victims of hit and run car drivers in two separate accidents before we met. Both of us were left very badly injured at the roadside by drivers who did not stop and we're never found. We have both lead very adventurous lives and certainly never turned away from challenges.
But we love dogs and have had some fantastic members in our families.
Any vets with pets out there?
My previous dog before my accident was a Doberman bitch called Tasha. Slightly different to the north American version.
She was my prodigy and she stayed with my ex wife and kids when I became homeless. Best place for her to be.