5 Ways Owning a Pet Can Benefit Seniors

2014-07-03 03:07:24

Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Sure, a new animal can be challenging, and you will need an abundance of patience and time to train your new pet and integrate it into your home life. But in return you will receive unconditional love and companionship, and a whole new outlook on life.

Seniors arguably have the most to gain from pet ownership. Retirees have more time on their hands than ever before, and many more active years ahead of them. Here are five great reasons why seniors should choose to take on a new pet.

1. Get fitter

Dogs need to be walked at least once a day (depending on the breed), providing owners with an instant daily exercise regime as well. Other pets may be more independent, but they will still help you get out of the house and stay busy with trips to the vet, bedding changes and basic training regimes.

2. New social opportunities

A pet is a great conversation starter. Let your pet break the ice with a neighbour or friendly stranger, and before you know it you will have made a new friend.

3. Unbridled joy

The chances are you’ve taken on a pet because you love animals. Pets offer unconditional love and if you give it back to them in return, they will make you smile every day.

4. Better health

Time and time again, research has proven that owning a pet reduces blood pressure, lowers the pulse rate and helps to ward off depression. Stroking a cat is supposed to have an immediate calming effect so you are more relaxed and stress free.

5. Fight loneliness

Older people are at great risk of loneliness so a pet can offer easy companionship and a distraction from grief or solitude, helping to keep loneliness and depression at bay.

Remember that pets get ill or have accidents, and it is important to make sure they will be treated properly if this happens which is why pet insurance is always a smart investment (especially if you’re on a limited income). Discover the guides we have that will help you care for you animal, keeping them happy and healthy.

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