After Sixty – Own a Pet Or Not.

If you already own a pet (one who is probably more like your own kid than a pet), then this message is not for you. But if you’re past the sixty demarcation line, and you live alone, and you’ve been tossing around the idea of having a pet, here are a few notes that may help in making your final decision.

Perhaps you’re thinking a pet is more trouble than it’s worth. That, plus the expenses of pet supplies, pet food, and vet bills, you’re just not sure. In spite of all that, studies show that the benefits of pet ownership far outweigh any downside.

Check out these positive effects:

  • Post heart-attack patients with pets had an increased survival rate of one year over non-pet owners
  • Pets help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Elderly pet owners have lower blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels
  • Older adult pet owners are less likely to be depressed
  • Hospitalized patients reported less pain and used fewer analgesics during and after an animal visit
  • US adults who walk dogs accumulate at least 30 minutes of walking in bouts of at least 10 minutes

Another research finding revealed that owning a pet gives the owner a sense of purpose. Giving a reason to get up in the morning. Our pets need us for their well-being, and they reciprocate with unconditional love and affection.

Did you know that some animal shelters offer a “foster-a-pet” program? If you’re still unsure, why not foster a dog or cat for a short time and see. You might be pleasantly surprised!

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