Senior Pet Separation: How to Manage
What are the benefits of seniors having pets?
Owning a pet can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Pets also need care, including excerise and interaction, which will encourage seniors to take them for walks or play with the pet indoors.
Pet care also requires the veterinary care and supplies, which will require the senior to visit stores and the vet’s clinic as well as interact with others concerning the pet’s welfare.
Are there pet-friendly assisted living facilities?
There are many assisted living facilities and senior communities that are friendly to pets. Some may even offer assistance with pet care and transportation to and from the vet.
Some nursing homes provide pet therapy for seniors that is supervised by trained volunteers and allows the seniors the benefits of having a pet without the burdens that may come with pet ownership.
When is pet separation necessary?
Pet separation may be in the best interests of both the senior and the pet in cases where the pet isn’t receiving the best of care or if the pet is an emotional or physical burden on the senior.
Separation often occurs when the senior needs to be moved into different housing. It’s often best if a family member or close friend can take the pet so that the senior can maintain a relationship with the pet while at the same time easing the burden on the senior.