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Pet Ownership for Seniors: Companionship and Safety vs. Expense and Conflict

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Aug 29, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Senior_man_dog.-LR.jpgSometimes, seniors get very set in their ways as they get older. So they might want to get a pet but they might also be very resistant to the idea. They may get anxious and worried about taking care of the pet. Little things such as the pet’s grooming or taking the pet to the vet might stress them out.

So you need to reassure them that you’ll be there to help them out with pet care. Plus, you can also sit down with them and consider the pros and cons of pet ownership.


  1. Companionship: Sure, you can’t have a conversation with a dog, cat, turtle or fish but having them around gives you a feeling of companionship.
  2. Safety: Dogs will generally start barking in case there is an intruder. This will give the senior a feeling of safety, especially if they are living alone.
  3. Liveliness: Having a pet around tends to make a home more lively. There’s some movement around the place and some communication even though it’s largely non-verbal.


  1. More Work: It might be nice to have a pet around but it’s definitely going to be more work for the senior, although the work can also be delegated to someone else.
  2. Expense: Mostly, it’s not that expensive to have a pet because they just need to be taken for walks and given pet food. It’s only when they have to be taken to the vet that things might get expensive.
  3. Pet Conflict: The amount of pet conflict depends on the pet. Sometimes, there can be conflict between cats and dogs (if the neighbor has one and you have another). Some pets can also be a little high-strung and start barking at everyone who comes to the home.

At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!

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