You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Bond Between Seniors and Aging Pets

seniors-senior-petsThere’s an unmistakable connection between people and pets who have experienced the joys and hardships that come with old age. Though it’s likely that neither of them will be running marathons anytime soon, both have a refined appreciation of life and companionship. Additionally, they set a comfortable pace for one another, which, in turn, help fulfill the activity they both need for optimal health.

Bringing a new puppy into the home can be a huge responsibility that requires someone to give them full attention to meet their demands, but senior animals are usually already trained, thus providing the human-pet bond with half the stress. Also, for those who enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle, older pets are more than happy to spend their time cuddled up on a couch watching black-and-white films.

Older adults can sometimes experience feelings of loneliness and lack of purpose once their children move out and they retire. According to Aging Care magazine, animal companions can reduce depression, and lower blood pressure and stress levels through friendship and dependency.

If you are considering adopting an older pet, this list can be a good reference as to whether or not it is the best choice for you:

  • I have a calm, stay-at-home lifestyle
  • I enjoy low-to-moderate physical activity
  • I have a steady routine
  • I have the financial means to support an aging pet and its ailments
  • I have the patience to give a pet time to adjust to his or her new environment
  • I have a lot of love and time to devote to my new companion

When you do bring a new furry friend into your family, be sure to contact your local Central Veterinary Associates clinic to adhere to all of your pet’s medical needs. For more information, or to make an appointment, call our Valley Stream location, 24/7, 365, at (516) 825-3066 or visit

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