Your best friend, biggest supporter and most attentive listener could be the one who also snuggles next to you during a nap, jumps up and down at the thought of an afternoon walk and offers a big sloppy kiss when you walk through the door at the end of a long day…
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing proved that elderly pet owners are significantly healthier than their counterparts who did not own pets. This study is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that, overall, pet owners over the age of 60 have lower blood pressure and stress levels, get more exercise and generally are healthier than older people without pets. continue reading>>
Source: Laurel Leader-Call
Old age seems to sneak up on pets just as it does in people. Long before you expect it, Fido and Snowball are no longer able to bolt out the door or leap onto the bed. But with routine visits to the vet, regular exercise and good weight control, you can help your beloved pet ward off the onset of age-related disease, one veterinary expert suggests.
“Ageing pets are a lot like ageing people with respect to diseases,” Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. continue reading>>
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You can’t buy unconditional love at a pharmacy, so don’t expect Mom or Dad to give up Fifi or Fido.
One day he was jogging, and the next, my husband woke up with pneumonia. It was a scary six weeks of bed rest for him. My dog, Tigra, who had been coming to work with me for years, just looked at me the morning my husband got sick. She wouldn’t come with me. Instead, she stayed by his bedside night and day until he was better.
Dogs–how do they know these things?
When it comes to animals and our aging parents, we know the bond between animal and human that has probably existed from the beginning of humankind isn’t going away. Seniors depend on their pets for company and love in ways we may not always understand. continue reading>>
Source: Carolyn L. Rosenblatt,(Forbes, August 5, 2010)