Seniors And Pets- Things To Keep In Mind

Seniors And Pets- Things To Keep In Mind



The fact that pets bring unconditional joy and companionship is indisputable, but what may surprise most people is that pets are known to provide immense health benefits too. It has been proven scientifically that pet-owners tend to have lower blood pressure and heart rates, and their risk of developing heart-diseases is minimal.

There is research to show that animals can help reduce anxiety, depression and improve mental health, even for people with challenging disorders. Another surprising study claims that having a pet at home reduces the sense of loneliness and works for people regardless of whether they liked animals or not.

Pets and seniors

What to consider when picking a pet How active are you: Having a perky dog at home may you to be active. Although it’s not a bad idea as it will push you out of the age-related lethargy and to keep you on your toes, it is equally important to consider your health status first. If you plan to keep a dog, remember that the pet will always consider you as the leader. Therefore, you would have to be fairly active. If your level of activity is limited, then the low-maintenance fish, guinea pigs, turtles, white rats, cats that come and go, are a feasible option for you.

Senior with a pet

Experience of owning pets  If you are a first-time pet owner, calmer breeds are a safer bet - animals that don’t need too much attention and training. A Pug, Shih Tzu, Miniature Schnauzer are dogs that do not demand high maintenance alit is important that you can handle your pet easily, and not worry about the routine or fuss all day long.  

How healthy are you? Before you decide to get a pet for yourself, you must consult your doctor. Your health has to permit the presence of a pet at home. As some people are allergic to pets and can inadvertently develop diseases called ‘zoonotic diseases’ like Toxoplasmosis, rabies, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis that can be transmitted to humans. Hence, advice from the doctor is a must!

The legality involved With so many breeds of animals going extinct, the authorities have taken a tough stance towards keeping exotic animals as pets.  There are many birds and animals that are not allowed to be kept as a pet and only limited pets can be adopted. Hence, make sure you do not have a pet that is illegal to keep.

Also, does your residential society allow pets? It’s important to find out beforehand.

Financial situation Some exotic pets can be heavy on the pocket, to procure and then to maintain. Consider your financial situation and then decide what’s best for you.

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