Enjoy Your Senior Years By Adding a New Pet to Your Family

During your senior years, odds are you no longer have your children to care for. If you do not have pets, you may consider adopting a new one. Pet ownership can boost your mental and physical health. Dogs and cats, especially, understand human emotion. They can become a friend that understands your words, your body language, and appreciates your companionship. Here are some tips for adopting a pet late in life.

Pet Proof Your Home

Pets may face various hazards in your home, depending on the type of pet you own. If you like livening up your house with plants, brush up your knowledge on which ones are toxic. Cats and other climbing animals tend to have the most vulnerabilities to poisonous flora. Remember that pets do not always know what may harm them. Keep all medications and chemicals secure and out of reach. For instance, dogs may chew on bottles of cleaner or medicine.

In addition to the interior of your home, consider your yard safety. If you adopt a puppy, he will most likely spend a lot of time wanting to play outdoors. Be careful with the fertilizers and pesticides you choose. Some can be toxic to animals. Make sure you also have a fenced-in yard and your animals cannot escape or run wild through the neighborhood.

If your yard lacks a fence, an online search can connect you to a list of local contractors who could install one. You can read reviews of various companies before making your decision. Keep in mind that a fence installation is likely to cost at least $1,600, and potentially much more.

Keep a Schedule of Important Dates

Keep the dates of certain medications and vaccines. According to the FDA, flea and tick medication helps prevent outbreaks of pests that can cause allergic reactions and other conditions. Ticks, for example, can carry Lyme disease.

If you do not give your dog or cat flea medication when instructed, the coverage may wear off and you could have a new outbreak on your hands. By the time you see a flea, you probably have an infestation. To rid yourself of an infestation, you have to focus on vacuuming the floors, cleaning bedding and treating all of your animals. Put the date of your subsequent treatment on a calendar, so you never forget.

In addition, make sure you have all vet and grooming appointments on the calendar. Young pets may require multiple appointments to ensure they receive a healthy start to life. You may also want to consider grooming and training as regular appointments to help your pet adjust to grooming or learn better behavior.

When it comes to grooming products, be sure to do your research. Seek out unbiased reviews from veterinarians about which grooming products will best serve your needs. You want your pet to have the best.

Turn Your New Life Into a Career

Many pet sitters love being around animals all day long. They meet new animals regularly and provide an invaluable service to pet owners. If you cannot adopt a pet but want to keep animals around for your mental and physical health, you may want to become a pet sitter. Some of your responsibilities include letting pets outside, going to the vet if a pet has injuries or an illness, playing with the pet, and feeding the pet.

Some other examples of pet businesses include pet daycare, grooming, massage therapy or drawing pet portraits. In some cases, you may be able to combine ideas. For example, consider a pet sitting job where you take portraits or perform some training for owners.

Pets have a place in every person’s life. If you want to introduce new pets to your home as you enter your senior years, think about the type of animals you love the most and what you think you can handle. Having a new pet can benefit your mental and physical health.

If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your home, consider adoption from us.  If you are unable to adopt, please consider donating to our Seniors For Seniors Program.  Article written by Jessica Brody, www.ourbestfriends.pet.