Pets and Seniors

Information and advice about the benefits and challenges of involving a pet in the life of an older adult for companionship, improved health and overall wellbeing.

Explore our expert articles as well as the advice of other caregivers who have experience with the benefits and risks of pet ownership for seniors.

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  • The Healing Power of Pets for Seniors

    Owning a pet can bring elders a tremendous amount of joy and a renewed sense of purpose. No matter the type of animal, pets can have a beneficial impact on both an older adult’s mental and physical health.

  • How to Pick a Pet for a Senior Citizen

    Animals make wonderful companions for aging individuals. Use these pointers to ensure a senior is up for pet ownership in order to match them with the perfect new furry friend.

  • Why a Visiting Pet Program Would Be Perfect for Seniors

    The connection between people and pets is undeniable, but seniors may not be able to safely care for an animal on their own. Here's my solution.

  • What Happens When a Senior Can No Longer Care for Their Pet?

    Pets provide much-needed companionship to people of all ages, especially seniors. But when elderly pet owners find themselves unable to take care of their animals, rehoming is often the best course of action.

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