Seniors & Pets

Posted by Loretta Kerr- Guest Blogger on 01/20/2015

More than any other age group, Senior Citizens need and appreciate the company of a good family pet; especially a dog.

 

When contemplating the possibility of bringing a new dog into a senior’s home, it is important to consider both the age of the senior and the age of the dog. If the senior is active and can manage daily walks and lots of training and playtime, a younger and energetic dog may be a great fit. Because our lives can change so much in just a few years, we should also consider future changes in a senior’s health and mobility and find a dog that will enjoy life no matter what the change in activity may be.

 

Studies have shown one of the best times to own a dog is when a person reaches 65 or over. This is a time when children have grown up and moved away. It is also a time when employment has ended and opportunities to socialize may become more limited. Owning a dog can make a huge difference during these life changes. Dogs are loyal and wonderful pets and can help a senior find peace of mind both for safety and maybe even help avoid a feeling of loneliness. Very often when obligations such as work and family are no longer such a large priority, having a pet can also provide a new sense of purpose.

 

A loving and playful dog makes people from any age group light up with happiness, but a dog can also encourage healthy activity and might just be better medicine than any doctor could ever prescribe. As long as the senior can provide normal daily care and arrange for regular visits to a vet, a dog makes a great addition to a senior home.

Although smaller dogs are generally preferred, as they are easier to manage and pick up after, larger dogs can also be an option.  

 

If you are a senior considering adopting a dog you may obtain more advice on the best breed, size and age from your local animal shelter or pet store.