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April 19, 2018

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) announced that Treat Planet, makers of natural, eco-friendly pet products, has become an official supporter of HABRI and its research on the human health benefits of companion animals.

“As makers of the best darn treats on the planet, Treat Planet provides man’s best friend with the best quality nutrition to keep them healthy and happy,” said Doug Martin, president of Treat Planet. “HABRI’s research shows that by maintaining a pet’s health, pet owners can improve their own health and well-being. Through supporting HABRI, Treat Planet is now advancing the human-animal bond through scientific research and quality nutrition, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

“Recent HABRI research found that when educated about the health benefits of the human-animal bond, pet owners are more likely to provide their pets with higher quality nutrition, including treats,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “Not only is Treat Planet furthering its own mission through joining other leading companies and organizations from the pet care community that support HABRI, but it’s also contributing to a broader purpose of ensuring that more people can improve their health and quality of life through pet ownership.”

Scientific evidence increasingly shows that pets improve heart health, alleviate depression, increase well-being, support child health and development, and contribute to healthy aging. In addition, companion animals can assist in the treatment of a broad range of conditions from post-traumatic stress to Alzheimer’s disease to autism spectrum disorder.HABRI Milestone

The benefits of the human-animal bond impact more than just human health. Findings from a recent HABRI survey of 2,000 pet owners demonstrate that knowledge of the scientific research on the human-animal bond motivates pet owners to take better care of their pets. From providing pets with higher quality nutrition to more frequent visits to the veterinarian, spreading awareness of the health benefits of pet ownership improves pet health and welfare.

“From helping families of children with Autism decrease dysfunction and stress to alleviating symptoms in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, HABRI research supports the importance of dogs for enriching lives and improving health and well-being,” Martin said. “Treat Planet looks forward to seeing HABRI-funded research further explore the positive benefits of pets in society, and in the meantime, we’ll continue to provide them with the organic, high-quality treats that they deserve.”

Treat Planet makes natural, healthy, eco-friendly premium pet products sourced and produced in the USA. Established in 2009, Treat Planet is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the parent company of four major treat brands: Etta Says!, U.S. meat-based products and chews; Hare of the Dog, U.S. rabbit based dog treats; Snicky Snaks, U.S. organic treats; and Cosmos, treats for those on the go.

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information, funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals, and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society.

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