Dogs can be wonderful companions for seniors. The unconditional love and companionship that dogs provide can help keep seniors physically and mentally healthy as they get older. Many seniors are much more active if they have a dog because they enjoy taking their dogs for walks, to the dog park, or just playing with them in the backyard. But as seniors get older the physical part of taking care of a dog can be difficult for them. Bending down to scoop poop on a nightly walk, keeping their balance if their dog is on the leash but goes to chase a squirrel, or just having to walk the dog in bad weather can all be tough for seniors. Companion care at home services makes housework and pet care easier for seniors.
Some things that seniors can do to make it easier to care for their dogs as they get older are:
Curbside Vet Visits
Many vets started offering curbside vet visits during the pandemic and most are still doing them for seniors that ask. Curbside vet visits are typically easier for seniors because they don’t have to get out of the car, walk their dogs into the office, negotiate stairs, and wait in a cramped exam room. During a curbside vet visit your senior parent just calls the vet when they arrive in the parking lot. Someone from the vet’s office will come outside and get the dog, take them into the office for their exam, and return them to the car at the end of the visit. Your senior parent talks to the vet on the phone during the appointment. This can make getting a dog to the vet much easier for seniors.
Pet Food Delivery
Pet food delivery makes it easier for seniors to buy dog food in bulk so that they don’t have to shop often for dog food. Other dog items can be delivered to the home as well like puppy pads in bulk, heartworm and flea prevention, and other medications. Your senior loved one can specify where they want the deliveries put, and some services will even bring them into the house or garage so that your senior parent doesn’t have to.
Companion Care at Home
With companion care at home, seniors will always have help with tasks like feeding their dog, walking their dog, cleaning the water and food bowls, making sure the dog’s beds are washed, and bathing the dog. Companion care at home makes it easier for seniors to do all of the tasks that are essential for keeping their dogs happy and healthy.
Doggie daycare is a good option for seniors who have dogs that have a lot of energy. When seniors aren’t up to taking the dog on a long walk they can send them to doggie daycare for a few hours so that the dog can run and play with other dogs. They can also drop the dog off at doggie daycare when they have a medical appointment so that the dog gets to enjoy being with the other dogs and not home alone when your senior parent is at the doctor’s office.