NEW YORK — It turns out, for most Americans, “man’s best friend” is also their number one priority. Nearly seven in 10 Americans admit they take better care of their pet than themselves.
A new survey of 2,000 pet parents, conducted ahead of National Pet Appreciation Week in early June, reveals 67 percent prioritize their pet’s well-being over their own. However, researchers add this isn’t a one-way relationship. Eight in 10 respondents agree that taking care of their pet actively encourages them to take better care of themselves too.
Respondents said the biggest benefit their pet provides is reducing their stress, depression, and anxiety (72%).