When you start to reach an advanced age, you invariably experience significant losses. People lose lifelong friends, siblings, extended family members, and even their spouses.
As a result, it is not uncommon for senior citizens to experience loneliness, and this can result in the onset of depression. And in addition, as we all know senior citizens are often challenged by other health problems that may have nothing to do with their loneliness.
The good news is that for many people a four-legged solution exists. Owning a dog can reduce depression born of loneliness, and pet ownership has been known to lower blood pressure and otherwise improve your overall health.
You may have physical limitations which create a concern about wrestling with a dog, grooming the pooch, and otherwise controlling it. This is why smaller breeds are recommended for senior citizens.
Dog experts recommend small terrier breeds like the Boston terrier and the Yorkshire terrier for their temperament and affectionate ways. Miniature poodles, pugs, dachshunds, and Shih Tzus can be good choices as well.
And who knows, you may find the perfect little best friend at the animal shelter without knowing for sure what breed it is. You may also find that a cat best suits your disposition and lifestyle.
Once you have brought a pet into the home, you do have to make provisions for its care in the event of your death. To this end many people are utilizing pet trusts, and you may want to explore this option.
To learn everything there is to know about pet planning as a senior citizen, simply take a moment to arrange for a consultation with a experienced Campbell CA estate planning lawyer.
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