Pets are known as beloved companions that provide entertainment, company, and in some cases, protection. Outside of these common pet characteristics, are benefits that can enhance any senior’s lifestyle and well-being. For a senior, a pet can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, ease loneliness, and in some cases increase physical activity. For example, by owning a dog, physical activity and social interactions may increase from active dog walking and conversations with other pet owners.
With the many benefits that pets can offer seniors, it is worth exploring the different types of animals that would be the best fit. Animals like certain dogs, cats, fish and birds make great pet companions for seniors due to their size and maintenance level. Also, depending on your lifestyle, there are certain breeds that would suit you best.