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February Is Responsible Pet Owners Month

Senior Care in Clayton NC

Elderly woman with dogFor elderly adults who face loneliness and isolation, owning a pet can do wonders for health and happiness. Pets can be loving and affectionate companions that help elderly adults to reduce depression, elevate their mood and self-esteem, and even help them to have better overall health. Since pets do so many good things for their human owners, it is important for elderly adults and their referred caregivers to do the same for their animal friends. Being a responsible pet owner means more than simply providing an animal with a shelter to live in and food to eat. During the month of February, Responsible Pet Owner’s Month, pet owners are encouraged to think about how they care for their pets and what they can improve upon. It is also a time for spreading awareness about responsible ways to care for animals. For elderly adults who have pets in their home, here are just a few questions to consider this month when it comes to being a responsible pet owner.

Is my pet up to date on vaccines and check-ups?

When you adopt a pet, their medical care becomes your responsibility. Oftentimes, pet owners take their pet’s health for granted and do not take them to the vet unless they are noticeably ill. However, in order to prevent illness in your pet, it is important to keep them up to date on their vaccines and get them periodic check-ups to make sure that they are still healthy. If it has been awhile since your pet has visited the vet, call your vet’s office to see if you pet is up to date on vaccines and check ups.

Is my pet getting enough exercise?

Most pets (even cats) require some exercise every day. If you’ve let this fall by the wayside, set a goal this month to play with your pet more often and if you have a dog, take them on more walks if you are able.

Is my pet a healthy weight?

If you are unsure if you are feeding your pet the correct amount, check with your vet about feeding guidelines. Both underfeeding and overfeeding can be problematic, so make sure that you are giving your pet exactly what they need. Giving pets table scraps and other human foods can cause unnecessary weight gain and even illness, so try to avoid doing this if you can.


If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Raleigh, NC, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (919) 229-8944