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The Healing Power of Pets for Elderly People

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Sorry Mavis,
I should have probably said why I said what I said.My husband and I almost adopted a Jack Russell from a Rescue last year.We took the little dog home but after one night,we realized it was too hyper for us.It Never stopped.It looked out every window.It never laid down to go to sleep or snuggle.It/He just ran everywhere,all over the house so the next day,as much as we didn't want to,we returned it to the Rescue.Maybe it didn't have any training and it was a Purebreed and maybe a mix would work out just fine.I think it would be good to meet it/he/she and see if it's a right fit for you.Whatever dog you get,I think it's a great idea and I wish you lots of luck.

I think everyone should have a cat or dog to love and there are so many that need a home but a Jack Russell is a pretty hyper dog.Maybe a quieter breed would suit you better.

I am signed up for a jack rusell mix at an animal shelter. He's about 3. I'm 69 and have a bad back and need to walk. Is this a sensible thing for me?

Great Article. But if any elderly is planning to get a dog he/she should know about the advantages and disadvantages of dogs. While owning a dog is a wonderful experience, just make sure you're prepared for the responsibility. Before really purchasing a dog, consider fostering one for a half a month to get the feel for what kind of schedule you'll have to keep.

And if you're ready to welcome a four-legged, wagging tail into your heart, Pet Parents Brand is one of the best pet store which will help you pick the best accessories for your dog.

Owning pets has a lot of benefits to seniors. One of them is companionship. Seniors are at risk of loneliness and isolation. These are serious health concerns that should be addressed right away. According to a study by University of Rochester Medical Center, 36% of care patients who are older than 60 are less likely to report loneliness than those who don't have pets. In addition to this, pets also encourage active and engaging lifestyle. For me, this is very important because this can keep conditions and diseases at bay. By walking their pets, they can maintain an activity and at the same time they will have more opportunities for human interaction.
I've written something similar to this, Barbara with the highlight on the health benefits of pets to the elderly and that pets also need love and care from their owners.
I hope this can help those who are considering to get pets for their elderly loved ones.

My dog does not want to leave my side. He is my sanity. He will follow me where ever I go in my house, and let's me know if anyone is around. He barks when someone comes to the door or if he hears a noise at night. He makes me feel secure in my house. Where can I register him as a therepy dog so I can take him with me where I go.

I just read that some animal care agencies will not place a pet with a person who is over 60 years old. I think they should reconsider this as a person who is over 60 may also be retired and would be able to both a comfortable home and a lot of attention to a pet - probably more personal care and attention than an animal shelter can provide. I think if shelters are worried about the activity level of the senior citizen, they should try to match the dog's activity needs with the "speed and endurance" of the senior citizen. They should be able to match the dog's needs and temperament with the needs and spirit of the elder. Too many animals are euthanized because of the lack of shelter space. And too many elders feel isolated and can benefit from this form of companionship.

I am after some advise my grandad has just retired and me and my family are worried about him he's quite lonely and I thought a pet would be good for him he's had pets in the past I have loads myself he tries his hardest to keep him buzzy but I want him to have something that will cuddle him and keep him company he doesn't want another cat a small dog is the only pet he would consider like a middle aged rescue maybe any suggestions on what breed thanks

One day,I went out to get the newspaper and I had left the back door open.Out of nowhere,a little dog ran past me and into our house and hid under Mother's bed.After coaxing and A lot of love,she came out and joined our family.We named her Taco.She was a Chihuahua.Then a month later,Mother broke her neck and the little dog stayed beside her in bed and loved her...a lot.Mother got better and one day,Taco just died suddenly.We all feel that God sent this little angel to help heal Mother and I guess it's job was over.

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One thing to remember, plan ahead. When the time comes that the elderly person needs much more care, will the caregiver be able to give the required time needed for the pet, too? Especially if the pet is dog that needs walking, and the caregiver is now at a point where he/she cannot leave the elder home alone, even to walk the dog.

The other day I found a lost cat who was about a year or so old. Thank goodness I was able to find the owner, otherwise I thought it would be nice to keep him as my 3 cats were in their mid-to-late teens. But I had to remind myself, cats can live to be 20 years old, so that would mean the cat probably would outlive me, and that wouldn't be fair to him. And there wouldn't be any family to pass him down to.