Best Pet Care Tips for Senior Citizens
by Jessica Brody (www.ourbestfriends.pet)
Dogs and cats are great companions for seniors and can give a lifetime of comfort and smiles, but it can be difficult for some older individuals to ensure their pets are happy and healthy. Taking care of an animal can be overwhelming at times, so it’s important to know their needs and get familiar with easy ways to care for them.
Here are some of the best ways to do just that.
When you’re of a certain age, it’s helpful to think ahead to your future living situation when considering your pet’s care. Will you be aging in place, or perhaps moving to a senior living environment? You’ll need to make sure that wherever you live allows pets and that you’ll have enough room and lawn space for your animal.
Consider your options
As a senior, it might be difficult for you to take your pet to the vet or to be groomed, so consider other options, such as a veterinarian who makes house calls, or a traveling groomer. Many cities have businesses which offer such services, wherein a professional groomer will come to your home in a van equipped with bathing facilities and freshen up your dog or cat.
Think about insurance
For a minimal fee, pet insurance can be acquired for your animal that will help out in case of an injury or illness. This could be extremely helpful if you’re on a tight budget, as unforeseen circumstances could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to take care of.
For those who qualify financially (or veterans), there may be a Meals On Wheels program that will deliver food right to your door, and many of these services include pet food so you never have to worry about having enough to feed your animal. If you think you qualify, reach out to ask about these services and take one more burden off your shoulders.
Pick an adult pet
If you don’t already have a dog or cat and are thinking about getting one, it’s a good idea to find an adult animal. Puppies and kittens are cute and snuggly, but they are a lot to take care of; in fact, having a young animal is akin to raising a child. They need constant care and attention, make messes, and have a lot of energy. It might be easier to choose an older dog or cat who is already house trained and can be helpful when you need assistance, as they can be trained to fetch and warn you about strangers.