Pet ownership is on the rise in the U.S. Today 70% of American households own a pet, which is up from 56% of households in 1998, according to the American Pet Products Association.
And that number could grow.
Sixty-five percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they plan to get or add a new pet in the next five years.
That’s a lot of animals running around our homes. And it could provide some major benefits to pet owners.
There’s growing evidence that animals can sense how we’re feeling — and even detect if we may be sick.
We explore how animals can do that and what it means for us.