I have doing a lot of reading recently about the pros and cons for seniors on the topic of owning a pet and I have come out conflicted. Many studies have proven that pets are good for the health their owners Studies suggest that pet owners will commonly have their blood pressure improve, their disposition on life becomes more positive, and they seem to have more purpose in their day to day lives.
However there are other studies that suggest that pets, especially cats and dogs, are a great hazard to seniors. 240 seniors are sent to the emergency room everyday by pet caused falls. These falls usually happen because the senior tripped over their pet, a pet toy, or got tangled in a leash while on a walk. Ultimately it’s going to be a case by case situation for whether or not it’s a good idea for a senior to keep a pet based on whether or not the pet owner has a history of falls and if the pet owner has people that could help them take care of the pet more safely.
Tips for pet owners:
- Consider hiring a dog walker.
- Consider either get rid of chew toys or keep them to a minimal as they pose a tripping hazard
- Consider having your dog take obedience or behavioral training classes