Elder Care in Sand Springs OK
Tips for being a responsible pet owner aren’t any different for seniors than for anyone else. But there are some uniquenesses which have to be taken into account. You will want to talk about these things with your aging parent and plan for the future. Here are a few details about pet ownership for seniors to remember:
- Depending on the kind and age of the pet, it might outlive your parent. It’s important that the pet is provided for in a will or trust, with a pet caregiver or caregivers named. You might want to discuss this with an attorney who specializes in elder care law, as this is something they do all the time and can offer the best legal advice for caring for that pet in the event it outlives your parent. To have no plan, means pets may suffer or perish, maybe both. The Humane Society of the United States estimates between 100,000 and 500,000 pets are taken to shelters in this country every year after their owners die or become incapacitated and there is no plan in place.
- If your loved one is hospitalized – especially if unexpectedly – it’s important that someone knows they have a pet, especially if you do not live nearby. That pet will need to be fed, taken out and otherwise cared for in your parent’s absence. If no one close by knows they have a pet, that pet could be left alone.
- In the event your parent suddenly becomes ill or incapacitated, they don’t necessarily have to give up their pet. In fact, keeping their pet may be what they need more than ever in that instance. You can enlist the help of a family member, friend, or even a professional pet sitter. You can find sitters in the Yellow Pages or online. A good place to start online is through the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, or Pet Sitters International. Pet sitters can feed, walk and give medications to a pet; some even have experience in pet first aid, or work as a vet tech so they can detect health issues that have begun or give shots if the pet regularly needs them. Make sure the sitter is insured and/or bonded, and if required by your loved one’s municipality, insured.
- Make sure the pet is licensed through your parent’s municipality, and that it has a collar with an ID tag containing the pet’s name and a good contact number on it, in the event it gets lost. Also, microchipping a pet is a very inexpensive way to make sure your parent’s pet has a ticket home in the event it slips out of its collar and its ID tags go missing.
- See that the pet is current on its vaccinations and has an exam once per year. That ensures it’s healthy, while at the same time not develop something it could pass onto your parent. Some vets will make house calls for elderly pet owners; just ask.
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