Seniors can derive so many benefits through pet ownership. From companionship to security, the advantages could be physical, mental, and emotional. If your aging Mom has a dog, you can likely see how much it has added to her life. But as time goes on, if things get more difficult, she might need help with pet care. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help her keep her precious pooch.
- Offer to buy food or supplies regularly. When added to the rising costs of your loved one's own basic needs, pet care could become a burden.
- Give the dog a bath regularly. Even if it is a small dog, the bathing process can become quite cumbersome for older ones.
- If you can, share in the responsibility of walking the dog on specific days. If that isn't necessary, reassure your Mom that you are available when she is in pain or low on energy.
- Mom might be having a hard time remembering what she needs to do for her beloved pet during the day. If she has a smartphone, help her download a pet care app. There are also many pet care devices available to serve as reminders.
- See if there is a Meals on Wheels pets program in the area. They might be able to help with anything from food to vet visits.
There might come a time where it isn't practical for Mom to keep the dog. But, if possible, see if you can help with pet care so she can continue to reap the benefits.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!