Companionship-Think about a Pet

For many people companionship can come from a pet and here we look at the benefits pet ownership can bring while remembering the responsibility of owning a pet

How a pet can be the perfect companion

Due to people living longer, health care costs are rising through the treatment of long-term conditions which can affect the older generation. To help tackle this issue, a number of reports, including the ‘Companion Animals and Health of Older Persons’ have looked at the way a cat or dog can help improve physical, mental and social well-being amongst the elderly.

Why a pet is your best companion?

A pet is a companion who is with their owner constantly, being loyal, providing comfort, affection and protection from feelings of loneliness and despair. A cat or dog is the ideal companion as they can help to maintain routine, which is important for people as they get older. Their personality and sense of fun can enhance a person’s routine, bringing laughter and happiness.

Here are just some of the reasons why companionship from a pet can be beneficial to our health:

Physical benefits

Caring for a pet can motivate older people to increase mobility. You can enjoy walks with your dog, play in the garden or simply spend time grooming a cat or dog in your home.

Reduce blood pressure

The physical contact between pets and their owners can have a positive impact on reducing high blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations.

Therapy and recovery time

Research has shown that recovery after a hospital visit or illness is often shorter for pet owners. In addition to this, dogs can be trained to detect seizures, as well as help with occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation.

Feeling loved

Pets such as a dog or cat can give owners company and much affection, making them feel needed and loved, which helps boost their sense of well being.

With all the benefits that having a pet at home can bring, it is important to remember that they need your commitment in providing a home where they will be cared for correctly. Consideration must be made if you are going to be away from home to ensure that your pet is cared for in your absence. And finally, pets can be costly, especially if you have an unexpected visit to the vet. However, with the right planning, care and attention, a pet can make the perfect companion.

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