According to a recent study from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, pet ownership saves $11.7 billion in U.S. healthcare costs every year. The study also indicates that having a pet reduces stress, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and has an overall positive impact on our psychological well-being. Pets are superb companions who love their owners unconditionally and who help conquer loneliness and isolation.
While the rewards of pet ownership are numerous, it can still be a challenge to shoulder the responsibility of caring for one. Here are a few things to consider while making your decision.
Be aware of breed characteristics
If you are looking for a dog, the temptation to choose based on looks or “cuteness” should be avoided. Some types of dogs can be very energetic and demand a lot of time and eﬀort from their owners, while others are typically more relaxed. Spend some time researching the breeds you are most interested in and determining whether you want a puppy or an older dog. The more you know, the easier your search will become and the
less heartache you will experience once you take your pet home.
Know the rules where you live
Unless you are living at home, there may be some rules you need to follow regarding pet ownership. If you reside in a senior living community and are interested in buying a pet, make sure that pet ownership is allowed. If so, it
is also good to ask about size restrictions and maximum number of pets allowed.
Know the cost
While it may seem obvious, it is important to remember that pets cost money! Often times, people will purchase a pet without thinking of the cost associated with food, veterinary visits, boarding, toys, and other things. Be
sure you take these costs into consideration when deciding whether pet ownership is right for you.
Primrose is proud to be pet-friendly. If you or a loved one have questions for us, we would be honored to help. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.