Many older adults have pets and do not have the physical ability to properly care for them. Many large dogs are confined inside homes and small apartments, others rarely see the light of day. If you know an older adult who has a pet, and if you enjoy pets yourself, a kind offering would be to walk the dog or take it to veterinarian or grooming appointments. These tasks are often difficult for an older adult. However also be aware of the degree of responsibility of having a pet that is not yours with you. Be sure the dog has a proper leash, collar and identification in the event it escapes or becomes lost. The last thing you or the older adult would wish is that by offering to help, unintentional harm comes to the pet. It’s like being temporarily responsible for another person’s children. However, the benefits to the pet will be significant in the way of improved overall demeanor, health and vitality.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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