Bringing a pet into your home and heart provide many physical and emotional perks. Michelle Townsley, DVM Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita shares how pet companions can enhance senior’s daily lives.

Empowering Seniors – Pet Companions For Seniors

Statistics show that pets benefit seniors. As a result, the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness. So having pets can improve our health. Animals can give a sense of being needed. Being cherished and loved is an important emotional need. Sometimes seniors might hesitate to get a pet. If a seniors situation allows it, having a pet can have a very positive affect. Deciding which pet to bring home can be a fun process. But there are many factors to keep in mind before bringing home a furry companion.

The following suggestions can help provide how to pick out the alright kind of pet companion.

  1. Ask peoples opinion.
  2. Make sure your physical health matches the activity level of your pet.
  3. Remember there is an expense to owning a pet.
  4. Volunteer at a shelter to see what type of pet you match well with.

Overall a pet companion can provide a senior with a healthier, happier and more wholesome life.  If your loved one is really wanting a pet help them find that perfect companion. And help enhance the quality of their life.

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