August 25th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Sometimes the decision to own a pet can be a tough one, especially when it comes to seniors. It’s a big decision that requires a lot of thought, but the benefits can be excellent. Owning a cat or dog can give that special senior in your life a sense of purpose and a feeling of companionship that they might be lacking. So if you are looking to surprise your loved one with a pet, here’s what you should know.
There are Emotional Benefits
Owning a pet is a great form of companionship. As we age, we often become more sedentary, and a drop in our mood can follow. Owning a pet can counteract that, as they provide affection and responsibility that was lacking. A pet gives their owner a schedule to follow and increases mental sharpness and happiness.
It’s Great for Physical Health
Owning a pet has been linked to decreasing loneliness and depression. Studies show that pet owners have lower cholesterol and blood pressure too. Whether it’s a cat or dog, owning a pet can increase your daily movement and activity. Whether it’s to go for a walk or simple grooming, it requires action that a non-pet owner might not get.
Questions to Consider
Though owning can improve a senior’s overall health — the responsibility is not for everyone, and you’ll want to be fully prepared. To know if your senior is fully ready to be a pet owner, you’ll want to answer these few questions first.
- Are they healthy enough to have a pet or is there someone that can help them too? If your loved one will struggle with feeding and grooming their pet, is there someone that can assist them?
- What type of pet is best? If your senior can’t walk for extended periods of time, a cat might be best. Research breeds and temperaments too.
- Is it Financially Possible? Pets will require regular vet visits, food, toys, water and it can all add up! Make sure it’s a financially sound choice before taking the plunge.
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