Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

PAWsitive Life Consultation

Have you been thinking about getting a pet? Are you curious if, and how having a certain type of pet or breed of dog is best suited for your health and lifestyle needs?

I offer a unique wellness consultation. I call it the PAWsitive Life evaluation!

Companion animals offer many health benefits to humans. I have conducted research in this area, and I am a big animal lover. I have extensive personal experience with animals. As a child, I memorized the dog breed encyclopedia. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

For the PAWsitive Life evaluation, I will evaluate your current mental health needs, discuss your goals with having a pet, and assess your lifestyle to help you find the best pet match for you! 

For my postdoctoral research dissemination project at the San Diego VA Medical Center, I investigated the social and wellbeing impact of animal exposure and interaction with our US veterans. Here is the link to the peer-reviewed journal publication from this project:

Fee schedule:

  • The consultation includes roughly 2-hours of service time, which we will divide over 2 appointments. Plus, a FREE 30-minute follow-up consultation one month after your new pet(s) join.
  • I will ask you to complete a few self-report inventories between your first and second scheduled appointment.
  • Total fee: $250