A concern that many elderly people considering pet ownership face is the possibility that they will no longer be able to care for their pet later on. This can happen if their health suddenly decreases, or if the animal becomes in need of extensive veterinary care.
"There are many mobile veterinary services available for older persons who may not drive or who otherwise have problems transporting their pets for veterinary care," said Presnal. There are also programs, such as the Stevenson Center, that provide for the physical, emotional, and medical needs of companion animals when their owners can no longer do so.
The right pet can provide an older owner with a sense of purpose, nonjudgmental acceptance, and companionship that both animals and humans need to stay happy and comfortable.
Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.