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Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or fish… there’s just something special about owning a pet. A pet can make a person feel a little warmer, more relaxed, and loved. And that’s not all they can do for us. There’s evidence that owning a pet can also be good for our health.
Medical studies have shown that seniors who own pets often have lower levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. Some pet owners respond better to medical treatment and may even experience fewer heart attacks. There are many reasons why pets contribute to good health. Pets keep their masters active and engaged, and they also serve as a good buffer against social isolation.
Of course, there are plenty of factors to consider when deciding to become a pet owner. You must make sure you live in a place that can accommodate your pet and that you are physically capable of caring for the animal. Some senior housing communities don’t allow dogs or cats but do welcome small pets like birds or fish.
Before you rush out and find yourself a pet , think about how an animal will fit into your lifestyle. Make sure that you are making the right decision for yourself and the pet.