There is a lot of research that shows that pets can have great effects on mental and physical health. Pets can bring a sense of calm and happiness to the people around them. If you are considering getting a pet for your loved one, these are the things you should consider.
The benefits are definitely something you want to look into. If your loved one is lonely, depressed, or just seems like they could use the companionship, a pet might be a benefit to them.
You should think about whether or not they will be able to care for the pet. Pets need attention and care as well. If your loved one has trouble caring for themselves, they may need extra help to care for the pet. Before you get one for them, make sure that there are plans in place for the care of the pet.
Consider the personality of the pet. After deciding that your loved one will positively benefit from the pet and that the pet will be well cared for, only get them a pet that will do well with your loved one. For the sake of the pet as well as your loved one, try your best to find a good match. This will likely be a calm, older (but not too old) pet.
Keep the cost in mind. Pets cost money, so make sure that there is room in the budget for this. You should also figure in the possibility of medical expenses, especially if the pet is an older one.
Make sure the pet is healthy. If your loved one has a weakened immune system, you do not want a pet around them that might make them sick. Before bringing the pet into the house, check that it does not have any diseases that will spread to its owner.
Determine what will happen to the pet if your loved one is no longer able to take care of it. If it is likely that the pet will outlive its owner, or if your loved one might have to go to a nursing home or facility where pets are not allowed, you should make plans for who will look after the animal. This is something that really needs to be thought through for an elderly owner.
Look into organizations that specialize in helping the elderly adopt pets. You will likely get a reduced adoption rate, and they are much more likely to be able to help you pick out the right pet for your loved one.
If owning a pet is not an option for your family member, find alternative ways for them to benefit from animal companionship. You might bring your pet or another family member’s pet over for visits. You could also look into local therapy dog organizations and take your loved one to one of their events. These types of encounters could bring some animal companionship into their lives if owning a pet is not an option.
Pets can be a huge benefit to homebound people, but they are also quite a responsibility. When you are considering getting a pet for your loved one, you should make sure that it is a decision that both you and they take very seriously. However, if you ultimately decide to get a pet for them, it is something that will surely brighten their days and boost their mood and health.
Posted on 10/23/2017 at 05:44 PM
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