If you spend much time around retirement communities, you have probably encountered some spoiled pooches. I love seeing an owners eyes light up when they talk about their beloved pets. For me, it is particularly heart-warming when their pet is also aging and enjoying their “retirement” also.
Pets, especially dogs and cats, provide seniors with companionship that can bring an extraordinary amount of comfort when they begin to feel lonely. This is especially applicable to those seniors who do not have family, have family out of town, or are widowed. They can even help ward off depression. However, choosing to have a pet is a big commitment for anyone, especially seniors who may suffer health difficulties in years to come. There are many things to consider before getting a pet, some of which are outlined below.
When it comes to getting a new pet as a senior, it is important to consider your health. Can you walk you pet every day? Can you provide it with the attention it needs? These key considerations that you need to make. If you struggle to take care of yourself then it is probably not a good idea to get a pet because it will add to your workload. However, if you can take care of yourself, you need to make sure that you can dedicate yourself to another living thing.
Are you home often enough?
Having a pet will remove some of your freedom, whether you like it or not. You cannot go on day trips and leave a dog or cat locked in the house on its own all day. Both creatures need a certain degree of stimulation, and in the case of a dog, a lot of fuss and attention. Neglecting an animal can be detrimental to its health and, in extreme situations, can lead to legal trouble for you. Therefore the pet always needs to come first.
Companionship and Security
Dogs and cats can be extremely loving and enhance your life. If you live on your own, then you may find it comforting to have a living being to talk to and look after. Pets can give a sense of meaning to anyone’s life. You should never underestimate the power of having someone to care for, especially if you have been looking after someone all your life. Dogs especially will return any love that you how them tenfold. They make extremely loyal and affectionate pets, as well as providing you with some sort of security. This can also enhance your mental outlook because it can give you an unparalleled sense of safety in your own home.
Senior pet owners love Home Buddy eResponder PAL
The Home Buddy eResponder PAL is a lifeline you can take anywhere. It is very popular among pet owners because they like the security of knowing they have help at the touch of a button-anywhere they go. The Home Buddy eResponder is locatable, so no matter where they’re walking, Dispatch can send help directly to them.
As long as you are prepared for the mess and major upheaval that a new pet could cause, then having one may suit you down to the ground. It would be a good idea to do some background research into what owning a pet entails though, especially if you have never had one before. After that, the choice is yours. Just make sure that you are prepared for a life changing experience.