If you are a senior considering entering the world of pet ownership, it might seem like a great idea. And it might very well work out great. However, because pet benefits also come with challenges, it is wise to weigh the pro's and cons before making a final decision. Here are a few things to think about.
- They make good companions. Although it might be a lack of human contact contributing to some boredom and loneliness, pets can help to fill the void. Many seniors have found comfort and will continue to do so.
- If you get a dog, you can look forward to a lot more exercise. As you likely know, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many health problems. But increasing your physical activity can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and bring other benefits.
- Pets make you feel useful. We all have a desire to feel needed. And a pet will depend on you for everything. They can increase your self-worth and give you something practical to do each day.
- They might come with a heavy price tag. Food, bedding, veterinary bills, and other responsibilities will add to your expenses each week or month. So be sure to count the costs before you choose if you will get a pet and what kind of pet will be best for you.
- Your health might not allow you to handle the daily responsibilities. If you are having a day where it is hard for you to get around, your pet will still need you. Will you be able to push yourself or will your pet possibly be neglected?
- Cats and dogs will add to your risk of falling in addition to the hazards you already face. They sit, walk, and run, everywhere, and can be unpredictable at times.
Depending on what pet you're considering, some of these pro's and cons may not apply. After doing some additional research, you will be able to make the choice that is best for you.
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