Seniors gain many benefits from pet ownership. It can provide companionship, increase self-worth, and even help with some health problems. Eventually, some seniors feel the need to give their pet away because the responsibilities become too much to handle. If you have a loved one facing that situation, here are 4 ways to help them with pet care so that they can keep their beloved companion.
- If the pet starts to become a burden financially, review your own budget to see how you can contribute. Can you assist with food, supplies, or vet visits? You might also be able to help your senior to find a local Meals On Wheels pet program if there is one available.
- Memory problems could prevent them from keeping up with a schedule. There are pet care apps and free-standing devices that can provide reminders. As a backup, call them regularly to ask if they remembered to feed their pet.
- Perhaps your loved one needs help with physical tasks. If they have a dog, can you take it for some of its scheduled walks? Picking up food from the store, as well as assisting with bathing and grooming the pet, could also lighten the load.
- Have an open conversation and ask them directly how you can help them with pet care.
Hopefully, if you and others work together, your dear senior can hold onto their companion and continue to reap the benefits.
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