Many people grow up with pets in the home and cannot see life without them. Although they come with some responsibilities, the benefits can be awesome. However, like other decisions in life, it is wise to weigh the pro's and cons to see if it would be practical. So if you are a senior thinking about pet ownership, here are a few things to consider.
- Although not the same as having another person at home, they can do much to combat loneliness.
- Pets have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Having another being depend on you can make a you as a pet owner feel valued, increasing your self-worth and usefulness.
- Dogs, in particular, require exercise which necessitates that you increase your level of physical activity.
- It costs money to acquire, feed, and house a pet. Some of them also need regular visits to the vet and might have medical emergencies.
- If you travel, you will have to either take your pet with you or make arrangements for someone else to care for them.
- Certain pets might require that you change your routine, which includes the time you wake up and go to sleep each day.
- Your health might not allow you to care properly for your pet. They will need your time, attention, and energy, every day, even when you are not feeling your best.
There are other things to consider depending on your circumstances and which type of pet you are considering. But with careful thought, you will be able to make a great decision regarding pet ownership during your senior years.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!