Are Dogs Becoming Child Substitutes?

A survey shows that dogs (and other pets) are increasingly acting as child substitutes in childless families:

‘The survey by insurer Petplan found 77 per cent of Scots women sought a pet for companionship. One in four have adapted their home for pets, and 75 per cent buy them presents

…And Helen Ross, 33, from Inverness, says her English Pointer Islay is her “baby girl”. She added: “Because we haven’t got any children she is it.”

You don’t need a survey to tell me about dogs becoming child substitutes. I see it every day at work. Is this trend a sign of a growing animal-human bond or an unhealthy obsession? I have my concerns.


About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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