People with pets in their lives will attest to the many benefits of ownership. They will also speak of the responsibilities involved. If you are a senior considering getting a pet, it is wise to think about both sides of the coin. Here are some of the pro's and cons to consider.
- Pets can help fill the need for companionship. Although not a total replacement for having people around, having a pet in the residence can ward off loneliness.
- They can increase your sense of self-worth. Having another living being depend on you and benefit from your care offers much satisfaction.
- If you get a dog that requires walking or other exercise, it can help you to stay more physically active. This is good for both your physical and mental health.
- Pet ownership comes with a financial cost. They have basic needs as well as the potential for emergencies. If you are already struggling to keep up with your necessities, getting a pet could cause you much stress.
- Their needs are consistent, even if your energy level is not. So if your health is poor or unpredictable, it will be difficult to care for them every day.
- Cats and dogs increase your risk of falling. Whether they are running around or sitting on the floor, tripping over them presents a real hazard.
Many seniors are able to do research, weigh the pro's and cons and select a pet just right for them. Others realize that it's just not a good idea. After some careful thought, you will be able to choose the best option for yourself.
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!